By: The Working Forest Staff
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. has introduced the ST100, an innovative, embeddable, one-way Satellite Transmitter ready for rapid product development and manufacturing in the global marketplace. The ST100 is lightweight, low power, and small with embedded antennas, all on one commercial IoT board. The ST100 provides low cost, reliable connectivity that is powered by the Globalstar Satellite Network low earth orbit (LEO) constellation, providing SATCOM integration capability to any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product.
The ST100 is the newest addition to the Globalstar commercial IoT embedded solutions product line following predecessors, STX3, and STINGR satellite transmitters. These embedded technologies are ideal for delivering remote sensing, tracking, and monitoring of field applications across industrial and remote operations. As the sole provider of global connectivity for products that are developed with the ST100, Globalstar Embedded Solutions don’t require any additional ground infrastructure for data exchange, reducing costs typically associated with traditional connectivity while saving more than half the typical time to production. Because the ST100 operates on the Globalstar Satellite Network, one solution works everywhere without multiple country service contracts or roaming fees.
The ST100 Satellite Transmitter offers a customizable approach to new commercial IoT product innovations and can be used by simply adding power, a mechanical enclosure, and configuring the settings within the device firmware. For more advanced technical requirements, third parties can write their own firmware on the ST100 and utilize Globalstar APIs, Bluetooth® wireless technology, and the serial connector to expand the use of the board and integrate with other devices or hardware.
“The Globalstar ST100 is highly versatile and provides global coverage through an all in one, small IoT board designed specifically for rapid development and easy integration,” said Chris Gray, Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Globalstar. “Originally designed for ear tags on cattle, small size with a lightweight design was key and created new opportunities to use the ST100 in many different industry markets and remote operations. A demo program with select partners across the globe has proven the ability to bring new products to market in a very short time period.”
The ST100 Satellite Transmitter includes everything needed to jump-start the product development lifecycle. Key features include:
- Globalstar Simplex modem
- GPS Receiver
- Embedded Satellite TX and GPS RX combined antenna
- Bluetooth Low Energy with embedded antenna
- Complete firmware package
- Nordic core processor for 3rd party firmware
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Battery charging and power control
- Power supply configuration options for batteries; solar panels, line power
- Switchable between the embedded and external antenna
- Serial connector
- FCC, ISED, CE modular certification (pending)
- iOS and Android Apps for configuration of device firmware