The Growth of Satellite for Construction
How are your machines connected at the jobsite? While many construction companies are talking about the role of apps on the jobsite, another piece of equipment in the field can have a very large impact on the bottomline—the fleet of vehicles. Keeping an eye on the fleet can be key to improve efficiencies at the jobsite.
As such M2M can allow construction companies to track things such as the location of a piece of equipment, enabling realtime communication of data without the need for human intervention. As of late, there are a number providers in this space that are specifically starting to target the construction industry, with a focus on helping contractors save time and money associated with managing assets.
When it comes to managing equipment using M2M, one big consideration is the type of connectivity on the jobsite. When looking at a big infrastructure construction company that might have thousands of pieces of heavy equipment on multiple jobsites, high bandwidth connectivity isn’t always necessarily like for voice or Internet connections. What is necessary is constant connectivity—even in the most remote locations.
Enter satellite. Companies such as ORBCOMM, www.orbcomm.com, Rochelle Park, N.J., offer low-earth orbit satellites, which help connect equipment for companies such as Caterpillar, www.cat.com, Peoria, Ill., Hitachi Construction Machinery, www.hitachiconstruction.com, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Volvo Construction Equipment, www.volvoce.com, Shippensburg, Pa., and many others.
Just last week, ORBCOMM announced it has launched six new OG2 satellites, which will enable customers to send and receive more data, with greater speed, and more efficiently than in the past, according to Marc Eisenberg, CEO, ORBCOMM.
The new satellites are currently undergoing an in-orbit testing to verify all systems are functioning properly, and are expected to provide M2M messaging and services within the next 60 days.
The company says this will enable faster message delivery, increased network capacity, and increased asset visibility for customers. ORBCOMM will also launch the remaining 11 OG2 satellites as early as the end of the fourth quarter 2014.