Remote asset tracking and information management solutions company SkyBitz, which has a large stake in the tracking of Dept. of Defense cargo, has formed a Government Solutions Group to manage those operations.
“Government entities bear a huge responsibility for managing a wide range of assets scattered around the globe as part of their mission to support the war fighter,” said Homaira Akbari, SkyBitz president and CEO. “Managing these widely dispersed assets is a monumental challenge and the tools available to do this job to date have been limited. Our government team is committed to providing the most innovative and effective asset tracking and information management solutions available today at a lower cost than traditional solutions.”
The new group will help SkyBitz provide remote asset management solutions based on advanced technology from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). SkyBitz had used DARPA funding to develop its Global Locating System (GLS) technology and a two-way communication satellite communications protocol. That satellite offers a more secure platform than traditional GPS and satellite communications solutions, the company said.
Late last year, SkyBitz also received Defense Transportation Tracking System II (DTTS) certification by The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Commands (SDDC). This certification enables SkyBitz clients to meet the government’s requirement for establishing a transportation protective service for tracking of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA&E)-laden commercial closed box van/trailers.
The GLS technology allows the tracking of unpowered assets such as transportation vehicles, shipping containers, supplies and military hardware.
In January, the company introduced the SkyBitz GLS400 Mobile Terminal, a machine-to-machine (M2M) asset tracking solution that provides a lower overall total cost of ownership through increased power efficiency, reliability, ruggedness and service life. Instead of the spotty visibility of in-transit assets afforded by patchworks of traditional GPS and RFID installations, SkyBitz addresses the homeland and defense security challenges that governments face by providing continuous in-transit visibility of containers and mission critical assets in real time.