SkyWave Mobile Communications has launched SureLinx 8100c—a Satellite/GPRS terminal with on-board computer (OBC), Controlled Area Network (CAN), RS485 and RS232 interfaces, which enhance fleet tracking applications.

The SureLinx 8100c combines SkyWave’s IsatM2M satellite technology with worldwide cellular capabilities and intelligent message routing in a single integrated package. Designed to minimize networking costs as well as increase communication reliability and coverage, SureLinx 8100c allows customers to take advantage of low cost, high-data rate GPRS networks in cellular regions and seamlessly switch to reliable satellite communication in other areas.

The SureLinx 8100c is the only dual-mode service terminal with an on-board computer that uses Inmarsat’s global satellite service. Using the industry standard C-programming language, customers can effortlessly create tailored applications without the expense and complexities of adding an external computer. In addition, the SureLinx 8100c is the only terminal that can offer the ability to track and monitor vehicles globally in near-real time without any interruption in service.

Standard CAN interfaces allow the addition of engine monitoring capabilities to vehicle tracking applications. CAN is a highly prevalent data protocol for communicating between devices in the automotive, controls and industrial sector. It supports other communication protocols like SAE J1939 and CiA CANopen. With CAN on SureLinx 8100c, fleet managers can add vehicle-diagnostic capabilities including fuel monitoring, speeding, idling, engine and transmission maintenance requirements and cargo security alerts.

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