Trimble and Iridium to Deliver Satellite M2M Transport Management Solutions to Australian Market
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it will offer a new connectivity option to improve asset management and truck driver safety solutions for transport and logistics organizations traveling across remote parts of Australia following an agreement with Iridium Communications Inc.
Under the agreement, Iridium will provide satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity services across Trimble’s core Transport and Logistics (T&L) solutions, providing transport operators with increased fleet visibility in remote areas where high-speed cellular data coverage is limited.
Trimble’s T&L solutions include driving style monitoring, breakdown alerts, vehicle performance management, journey optimisation, remote consignment updates, and live monitoring of cargo such as refrigerated food, chemicals or liquid fuel.
Michel Van Maercke, General Manager, Trimble Transport and Logistics Division, Asia Pacific and EMEA, said the new offering is expected to provide significant productivity and safety benefits for Australian transport operators.
“Remote roads are the corridors of the Australian economy, however they have been an operational blind spot for many transport companies, as they have been unable to receive important logistical and safety information for hours at a stretch,” said Van Maercke.
“Trimble’s use of Iridium’s satellite service in our Transport and Logistics solutions can provide local operators with an unprecedented level of connectivity to increase the level of visibility and safety in the outback as they would in metropolitan areas.”
More than 86 per cent of Australia’s landmass is classified as remote or very remote1. The area includes critical industries such as mining and agriculture, as well as interstate land transport routes. However, the journey carries significant safety and operational concerns with nearly half of Australia’s fatal road accidents occurring on regional roads2.
David Wigglesworth, the Vice President and General Manager of Americas and Global M2M Services for Iridium, said, “The expansion of satellite-based M2M connectivity services with an industry leader such as Trimble is a clear demonstration of the economic value and capabilities that the Iridium® network provides both its customers and end users.”
“Our network’s global coverage and low latency is ideally suited for Trimble’s transport management solutions, even in the most remote areas of Australia,” he added.
Iridium M2M services are expected to be available for Trimble’s T&L solutions in Australia from December 2014.
1. ABS 2003
2. Department of Infrastructure and Transport. (2011).Australian Road Deaths Database – Online. Accessed 2nd November 2011 from
About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organisations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.