ORBCOMM, a global satellite telecommunications company, has signed an agreement with Fleet Management Solutions LLC to provide wireless data access through its low-earth-orbit satellite network.
FMS is launching their ORBCOMM enabled MLT 300 Series tracking solution nationwide with about twenty selected fleets this month. In addition to industry standard tracking and reporting features, the MLT 300 series includes; dispatch, exact routing, DOT reporting, stop durations, idle times, mileage, automated maintenance scheduling, and optional two-way messaging.
Initially, the MLT 300 series is targeting the North American market, leveraging more than 130 dealers for sales and support. FMS also offers customers subscription options through its FMAC arm (Fleet Management Acceptance Corporation). Together, ORBCOMM and FMS are offering this satellite service at or below cellular prices.
After seeking bankruptcy protection in 2000, the company, formerly Orbital Communications Corporation, was purchased in 2001 by a group of international licensees and investors led by regional ORBCOMM executives Gene Song and Don Franco.