What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things (IoT) links physical objects through network connectivity. For businesses with physical assets spread over large territories or difficult-to-access locations, connecting those assets wirelessly to a central hub for tracking and management helps minimize the time and expense associated with site visits. Whether a scientist wants to track ocean water temperatures or a farmer wants to monitor humidity levels in a granary, asset tracking is possible through wireless technology for countless applications.
Powering the Internet of Things
The IoT is expanding—to new industries, new applications, and new geographies. Power is always part of the equation, usually provided by an on-grid source. When on-grid power is not practical, batteries can be used, but they have a finite capacity and require periodic replacement—often at an inopportune time or a difficult-to-access location, and always at a greater expense of both time and money than originally expected.
Harnessing the sun to charge batteries provides many benefits:
- Extend battery life: Charge your battery more efficiently for a longer battery lifespan.
- Reduce maintenance: Save money by dramatically extending battery maintenance intervals.
- Be more green: Reduce improper battery disposal.
- Do more: Sense, monitor, and communicate more often.
Satellite connectivity via Globalstar
In 2016, Carmanah began a strategic agreement with Globalstar Inc, in which Carmanah will collaborate on the design and manufacture of new solar powered M2M satellite solutions for Globalstar as well as utilize the Globalstar low earth orbiting satellite constellation for remote connectivity of strategic Carmanah products.
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