Globalstar processes smart data at edge

  • June 28, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Louisiana-based mobile satellite services and connectivity provider Globalstar has introduced satellite asset tracking hardware and software including an application enablement platform for processing smart data at the edge.

The Realm Enablement Suite helps companies come to market with AI-enabled applications that generate telematics data. By defining smart data at the edge, users send only the data they need over the Globalstar LEO satellite network to the endpoint, reducing transmission costs.

The suite introduces Integrity 150, a solar-powered, deployment-ready satellite asset tracking device with an application enablement platform; ST150M satellite modem module that simplifies product development; and the Realm application enablement platform, offering tools and a library for quickly accessing and developing AI-enabled applications at the edge for vertical-specific use.

“This newest innovation from Globalstar represents a continued commitment to IoT as a core business pillar,” said Dave Kagan, Globalstar CEO. “With Realm Enablement Suite, customers have the flexibility and agility they need to optimise data from their tracking devices and edge sensors. Generating smart data at the edge for delivery to the customer endpoint makes all the difference in transmission efficiency and operational performance.”

The Integrity 150 delivers long-lasting, no-maintenance ownership for various markets, including transportation, energy, construction, agriculture, forestry and government agencies. Featuring Globalstar’s low-power design, it is said to have the longest battery and shelf life available. Integrated into the product is a GPS receiver, accelerometer, Arm CPU on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF5xxx SoC, standard and customisable messaging capability, tamper detection and Bluetooth LE 5 connectivity for a wide variety of sensors. Its flash memory provides 8Mbyte of storage for application data and firmware updates.

The ST150M satellite modem module helps partners create products in a fraction of normal development time and cost. The module includes a GPS receiver, accelerometer, Arm CPU on Nordic’s nRF5xxx SoC, 8Mbyte external flash memory, integrated voltage regulator and Bluetooth LE transceiver. Its low-power architecture allows integrators to reduce battery requirements. The ST150 dev kit provides an ST150M module with Arduino Uno Rev3 Form Factor and satellite and GPS patch antennas.

The Realm enablement application platform is the key to unlocking the capabilities of field devices, slashing hundreds of hours of development time for products and AI-enabled applications at the edge. The low code edge platform provides a lower barrier of entry for those developing custom applications.

Modular software features a unified API for fast applications development and easy management of all hardware, platform-specific and value-added edge features. This includes the Globalstar BLE library and ELA Innovation’s Bluetooth Low Energy sensors libraries. The platform provides an applications development ecosystem as innovations are added by Globalstar and shared by developers.

“The end-to-end design of the new Globalstar Realm Enablement Suite ecosystem removes the technology barriers to profitable innovation in the tracking and industrial IoT space,” said David Haight, vice president of IoT. “Realm delivers greater speed and lower cost in both development and deployment by providing the flexibility to innovate with the power to host applications and process data on edge devices for faster action and enhanced performance. The Realm Enablement Suite is what our partners around the world have asked us for.”