SkyBitz joins with QinetiQ for global tracking system

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SkyBitz, a provider of remote asset tracking and information management systems, announced today a partnership with QinetiQ’s GPS enabled telematics business, a high sensitivity business which delivers tracking solutions in difficult operational environments.

The two companies are joining forces to provide a global terrestrial asset tracking solution. SkyBitz says it is now able to address customer markets and operations both in North America and internationally, such as high-value load transportation, local delivery operations, heavy and construction equipment, as well as goods movement using flatbed and less than truckload (LTL) assets that have a need for a high-data rate solution via a ruggedized device and secure terrestrial network.

“As QinetiQ has a strong track record in international defense and security markets, we are pleased to be able to leverage the leadership and expertise of its GPS enabled telematics business to ensure our asset tracking solutions meet the stringent security and durability demands of our customers both in North America and worldwide,” said Homaira Akbari, president and CEO, SkyBitz.

The first offering under the agreement will be the SkyBitz Falcon Series GXT1000. This new terrestrial-based solution will leverage the experience of QinetiQ’s GPS business in developing and delivering services and solutions for surveillance, vehicle and trailer tracking, and the security of goods in transit or portable assets for governments and commercial customers.

The SkyBitz terrestrial solution will operate on a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) platform, building upon SkyBitz’s existing GSM network relationship with KORE Telematics, the world’s largest digital wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The SkyBitz Falcon Series GXT1000 terrestrial-based solution complements SkyBitz’s forthcoming two-way global satellite solutions from Iridium Communications, the company says.