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Globalstar’s IoT Satellite Technology Chosen to Advance Oceanography Research for Improved Environmental Response and Risk Management

Researchers using SPOT Trace Satellite Trackers to monitor, track and capture critical ocean dispersion data from mobile assets in Gulf of St. Lawrence, Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine

Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced that its industrial IoT satellite technology was chosen by the Tracer Release Experiment (TReX) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, jointly supported by the Quebec maritime network the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), and the Fundy North Fishermen's Association for groundbreaking oceanographic research studies.    

“Today, Globalstar’s satellite communications technology is at the forefront of innovation in IoT and M2M applications,” said Jake Rembert, Vice President, Globalstar, Inc. “We’re working with government, private sector and commercial organizations to provide new and cost-effective solutions to monitor, track and gain data insights from mobile and fixed assets – from any location. Innovative applications of our satellite technology underway by the Tracer Release Experiment and the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association into ocean drift and dispersion will have significant impact on the future of marine search and rescue, environmental response and risk management. We look forward to continuing to provide satellite tracking and monitoring solutions to help these organizations advance their important work.”    

Tracer Release Experiment (TReX) in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Jointly supported by the Quebec maritime network and the MEOPAR network, the TReX experiment is spearheading an oceanographic research study in the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the Province of Quebec, Canada. The team is using SPOT Trace Satellite Trackers to collect data on ocean drift patterns ensuring a wide range of stakeholders, from governments to environmental groups, will have the ability to better manage risk, ensure the safety of coastal communities and prepare for the management of incidents involving a spill of contaminants. SPOT Trace devices are attached to custom-built ocean drifters providing the TReX team with advanced tracking capabilities in their study of ocean currents. The team has created their own API integrated with the SPOT Mapping platform, which allows near real-time tracking of each drifter. Because SPOT Trace uses 100% satellite technology, it can communicate waypoints from some of the most remote locations. For more information on the TReX project and to monitor the trajectory of the drifters in real time, click here.   

Fundy North Fishermen’s Association Oceans Protection Plan Project in Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine

The Fundy North Fishermen's Association is a not-for-profit organization in New Brunswick, Canada that represents small business, owner-operator commercial fisherman and stakeholders. Their mission is to support the needs of fishermen, promote healthy fisheries, and encourage viable fishing communities in Southwestern New Brunswick, Canada. The Association is currently implementing a 3-year ocean study project that seeks to better understand surface currents in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. Globalstar’s SPOT Trace Satellite Trackers are being used to monitor, track and capture critical location data from ocean drifters to study ocean current directions. Like many coastal areas around the world, the Bay of Fundy has been increasingly impacted by shipping traffic and human activity which introduces potential risks to fishing activities. The data captured from this ocean surface current study will help inform decisions made by inshore fishermen on when to set and haul fishing gear. This will help improve oil spill response plans and the development of measures to mitigate impacts of shipping and human activities on species, habitats, and commercial fisheries throughout the Bay of Fundy. For more information on the Ocean Protections Plan Project, click here.      

SPOT Trace is a small, waterproof GPS device for intelligent location tracking and sensor data transmission at the lowest cost. Government, business and commercial organizations around the world, as well as recreational users, are using SPOT Trace for simplified, cost-effective asset tracking. Powered by the Globalstar satellite network, SPOT Trace generates a text or email message when movement is detected from fixed or mobile assets. Users can follow the asset movement in near real time via a SPOT Mapping interface from any smartphone, computer or tablet, and from any location – even beyond cellular. For complete information on SPOT Trace click here.   

To learn how Globalstar’s industrial IoT satellite technology can help streamline operations, monitor and manage assets, click here.    

About Globalstar

Globalstar pioneered personal safety by introducing its SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in 2007. Today, leveraging its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, Globalstar reliably connects and protects assets, transmits key operational data, and saves lives – from any location – for consumers, industrial companies and government agencies in over 120 countries. With a portfolio that includes SPOT GPS messengers, next-generation IoT products and modules, and cloud-based telematics solutions, Globalstar’s cost effective satellite-powered innovations give users visibility and intelligence for improving safety and operational efficiencies. 

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