Orbcomm’s ST 9100 telematics device designed for work in remote areas

Marcia Gruver Doyle Pix
Updated Nov 24, 2020

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Orbcomm’s ST 9100 telematics device is designed to monitor and control assets in remote areas.

Orbcomm says the ST 9100 is “future-proof” and can connect over cellular networks using LTE capabilities with 3G and 2G fallback and reliable low-latency satellite communications as needed. An embedded global SIM enables cellular connectivity over 565 cellular networks, facilitating deployment in nearly any region of the world regardless of the connectivity option, says the company.

Featuring a larger backup battery, the device allows for uninterrupted operation when an external power failure has occurred for a minimum of 48 hours, according to Orbcomm. Additional features allow customers to monitor and control different electronic control units over various protocols. The ruggedized, environmentally sealed device can withstand extreme temperatures, shock and vibration and is rated to IP67 for ingress protection

The device offers a flexible programming environment that enables Orbcomm and its resellers to develop solutions targeted for customized IoT applications, says Craig Malone, Orbcomm’s executive vice president of product development. It lets users automatically switch between sending messages over satellite and cellular, ensuring continuous and cost-effective communication, he adds.

The device also features a Bluetooth 5.0 connection that enables the use of Orbcomm’s portfolio of sensors as well as third-party sensors. Using their own mobile applications, customers can also visualize key data from the field to act upon or send messages from their mobile devices through the device via Bluetooth. Technicians can also use a mobile phone or tablet in the field to wirelessly configure, troubleshoot and ensure that the device is properly installed and functioning.