Global Satellite debuts Iridium tracker

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MIAMI - Smaller than a box of matches, Global Satellite USA's GSatMicro is the world's smallest self-contained Iridium tracker, says Global Satellite marketing manager Sharon Phillips.

Debuting today at the Miami International Boat Show, GPS-based GSatMicro uses Iridium Communications’ 66 satellites to report the movement and location of boats, aircraft, containers, ships, trucks, even a soldier or intelligence operative — whatever or whoever is carrying the tracker. And because it relays the information via Iridium satellites, GSatMicro’s coverage is truly worldwide — “pole-to-pole global,” Phillips says.

GSatMicro can track a boat in the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Pacific Ocean, Lake Tanganyika, “anywhere in the world,” she says.

Sized at 1.65 inches by 2 inches by 1.3 inches, including battery, modem and antenna, GSatMicro can be affixed anywhere on a boat where the device’s high-gain ceramic antenna has a clear line of sight to a satellite. The unit is powered by dual rechargeable lithium polymer batteries that operate for months on a charge, Phillips says. It is self-contained — no outside cables.

Web-based software GSatTrack manages the data GSatMicro sends from the boat. GSatTrack e-mails or text-messages the information to a computer or cell phone.

GSatTrack also can be used to program the tracker to send an alert and start tracking the boat when it moves out of a defined perimeter or send other types of information gathered by on-board sensors — boat speed, direction, fuel consumption, alerts from motion detectors. Phillips says GSatMicro has two-way data communication and 256-bit data encryption capabilities. “The signal is secure,” she says.

Global Satellite, of Fort Lauderdale, is exhibiting at the Miami Beach Convention Center’s electronics section, booth No. 1633.