ORBCOMM, a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, today announced that Globaltrack, a division of ORBCOMM, has completed the shipment of its state-of-the-art fuel monitoring system, which is designed to prevent theft of mission-critical fuel used by U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The company has also deployed a team to manage on-site installation and launch of the new system.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), following comprehensive review of several major companies, selected GlobalTrak for this project and determined that it was the only solution provider that could demonstrate both fuel level monitoring as well as security of the fuel ports and valves. The primary customers who will benefit from this are those that have been contracted by DLA to deliver fuel to critical points around Afghanistan.
This fuel monitoring system utilizes an integrated tracking device that delivers near-real-time location, fuel level, and security status of fuel tankers via the use of cellular and satellite communication networks to a central data fusion monitoring center. This data can in turn be accessed by the customer through the Internet or by mobile devices. To meet a customer’s specific requirements, the system enables the generation of customized reports.
Fuel sensors have been installed in chambers of a fuel tanker and wireless security seals that can be connected to valves or other fuel access points enabling the system to communicate effectively with these tankers. Through continuous monitoring of fuel levels and security status, this high-performance solution will send an alarm in the event of a sudden breach or change in fuel level. The solution also delivers valuable metrics on driver and company performance for transportation contractors, creating a powerful forensics tool for the investigation of theft events.
“The shipment of our fuel monitoring solution to Afghanistan is an exciting milestone for this project, and we are already seeing a growing market need for fuel security in areas outside the region, such as in Africa, Latin America and other parts of the Middle East, where fuel theft is also prevalent,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer.
“We believe this solution will become a major deterrent to fuel theft in both military and commercial zones throughout the globe and will significantly improve operational efficiency for fuel transporters and other key stakeholders.”
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