SkyWave Mobile Communications
(“SkyWave”) is a satellite telematics company that provides satellite transceivers, dual-mode satellite/GPRS terminals and satellite network services for global tracking, monitoring, and control of mobile and stationary assets. SkyWave’s products are used in M2M
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applications in transportation, maritime, mining, oil & gas, heavy equipment, and utilities sectors and communicate via Inmarsat
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's global satellite service.
SkyWave Mobile Communications was founded in Ottawa
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in 1997. In its initial stages, SkyWave relied on the research and technical expertise provided by the Communications Research Centre
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Canada (CRC) and local government funding services to develop the first product.
By 2007, SkyWave achieved 40% growth and was named one of the Deloitte Wireless Fast 50
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companies along with other Ottawa companies such as BTI Systems Inc, BridgewaterSystems, and EION Inc.
Some examples of SkyWave products in use include government vehicles in USA, tuna buoys in the Pacific, truck tracking in the jungles of Brazil, the oil & gas industry in North America, and drinking water control in the UK. In addition, SkyWave’s satellite terminals have been used to track races such as the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race in 2008 and the China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in 2006.
On April 1, 2009, Inmarsat acquired a 19% stake in SkyWave Mobile Communications to expand presence in the SLDR (Satellite Low Data Rate) market. SkyWave used the funds to acquire GlobalWave and double its size. The SLDR market is estimated at $600m and is expected to grow.
In December 2009, SkyWave launched a GLONASS
GLONASS , acronym for Globalnaya navigatsionnaya sputnikovaya sistema or Global Navigation Satellite System, is a radio-based satellite navigation system operated for the Russian government by the Russian Space Forces...
-compatible product for the Russian market. The DMR-800L with GLONASS/GPS can use either or both of the navigation systems to determine location.
In August 2011, SkyWave launched IsatData Pro, a new low data rate service for managing and communicating with remote assets around the world. IsatData Pro offers a significant increase in payload capacity compared to other satellite-based M2M services in the market, delivering up to 10,000 bytes to the device and up to 6,400 bytes from the device. Other global M2M satellite services currently available offer data connectivity at between 270 and 340 bytes. By delivering up to 37 times more data, IsatData Pro can meet the increasing demand for richer information in M2M applications, and allows businesses to share more data across diverse operations, via emails, electronic forms and workflow information. Applications include vehicle telemetry information, text-messaging remote workers, maintaining up-to-date driver logs, and the remote management and control of fixed assets.
Today, SkyWave is located in Ottawa’s technology district, west of the town of Kanata, Ontario
Situated in the Ottawa Valley, Kanata is located about west-southwest of Downtown Ottawa along Highway 417 at a latitude of 45°18' North and a longitude of 75°55' West, with an area of . Its northern end is just to the west of the Ottawa River....
and employs over 170 people. SkyWave has designed, manufactured and shipped more than 400,000 satellite terminals to customers in the transportation, maritime, oil and gas, heavy equipment, utilities and government sectors worldwide..
SkyWave has received a 15 year U.S. Federal Communications Commission
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(FCC) license in 2004 to expand business in the United States. Some other certifications include Inmarsat Type Approval DCC009 (Satellite), PTCRB
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(GPRS), RoHS (Europe), Anatel
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(Brazil), CE0470 (R&TTE)(Terminal).
SkyWave sells terminals to Solution Providers (such as OnixSat) who put satellite communications products and services into industry-specific applications for their customers. The following are four main uses for this technology:
Land mobile applications:
- Vehicle tracking and monitoring, fleet management
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- Security and anti-theft monitoring
- Heavy equipment security and management
- Trailer and container tracking, rail car tracking
- Cold Chain Management
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- Long Range Identification and Tracking
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- Ship Security Alerting System
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- Vessel monitoring system
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- Vessel equipment, environment, security monitoring
- Buoy sensor monitoring and tracking
Fixed Asset and SCADA
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- Oil & gas pipeline and critical parameters monitoring and control
- Fluids monitoring
- Electric power valves monitoring and control
- Environmental monitoring
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Defence and security applications:
- Personnel tracking
- Perimeter control
- Homeland and border security
- Blue Force Tracking
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, protection, monitoring, and security
The following are the satellite terminals manufactured by SkyWave Mobile Communications:
- The IDP600 Series terminals use the two-way Inmarsat IsatData Pro satellite service for remotely managing fixed and mobile assets anywhere in the world.
- The IDP100 Series modems are designed to be integrated into larger systems and use the two-way Inmarsat IsatData Pro satellite service.
- A dual-mode satellite/GPRS transceiver that switches between cellular (GPRS) frequencies and IsatM2M satellite service when cellular service is not available.
- A SureLinx 8100 transceiver with an on-board computer designed specifically for vehicle telemetry applications.
- A satellite-only transceiver with two-way communication capabilities and low-power mode that allows use in remote unmanned locations.
- This transceiver is designed with a low look angle to be used in harsh conditions and marine environments.
- A DMR-800 transceiver that comes unpackaged, allowing for customization and addition of sensors according to application needs.
- A Class 1 Division 2 certified satellite transceiver that allows monitoring of assets, processes and environments in hazardous locations. The product includes a RS-485 serial interface for connection to SCADA devices, Modbus protocol interfaces for implementing reporting and telemetry capabilities of remote equipment and discrete input/output feeds for monitoring and control of local devices not using Modbus.
- The DMR-800LRIT is designed specifically for the strict LRIT standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
- A satellite terminal for tracking, monitoring, and SCADA applications. The MT3000 has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class 1, Division 2 (groups A, B, C, and D) classification for use in hazardous locations.
- A satellite terminal that features ultra low power consumption, designed for complex monitoring applications.
- A satellite tracking terminal specifically designed to fit onto trailers and containers.
Core Modem Plus
- A satellite communications modem that can be integrated into existing hardware.