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Prior to the SDS-Mk2 project a pilot project was executed to create the basic functionalities of a satellite based narrowband data service, for mobile and static applications. But this was not sufficient to start a commercial service for which some major issues needed a proper solution. Therefore the SDS-Mk2 project aimed at developing the foundation for a system and service which could be offered to the market. This included:
The key issues addressed in the project were the following:
The SDS-Mark2 project enabled SpaceChecker to become an independent network operator and system provider. This allows SpaceChecker to implement the market needs and wishes in a way that competing systems don't do. Today the market offer of track& trace systems mostly comes from relatively small companies who depend heavily on several external providers for network capacity, modems, base stations, ground infrastructure etc. which makes it quasi impossible to create on overall service package that is optimised for the tracking and monitoring business.
Segment 1: Local Intelligence (digital user field equipment)
The equipment installed in the field contains a GPS receiver providing accurate location and local time which is used for network synchronisation. The local intelligence collects data in-situ from various sensors.
After the SDS-Mk2 project SpaceChecker aims at being in the position to offer a reliable and professional narrowband data service over satellite over a robust system infrastructure so that Service Level Agreements may be concluded with users. The company will be quite autonomous in its mission because it will have its proprietary technology, infrastructure, certificates and licences to guarantee the service provision to end users and distributors.
The project is now is a phase of valorisation: the new SC200 modem is ready for production in volumes, and preparations are underway. The market is quite keen on having the new product soon and most distributors - being aware of the new features - now have stopped selling the old product and bet on the new one instead.