Gemalto's Cinterion M2M provides wireless connectivity for Invisible Tracck
Jan 18, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Gemalto NV, a provider of digital security solutions, has announced that its Cinterion M2M business is providing wireless connectivity for Invisible Tracck, developed by Cargo Tracck, a technology provider in Brazil. Invisible Tracck is a device used in a pilot program to thwart illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.
The device uses Gemalto's Cinterion M2M technology together with local cellular networks to send location updates from sensors in trees to a central server allowing officials to remotely track trees removed from protected areas.
The Gemalto-powered Invisible Tracck solution was deployed to detect unauthorized logging activities missed by traditional satellite surveillance and radio monitoring. Smaller than a deck of cards, the discreet device combines Gemalto's tiny Cinterion BGS2 module with cutting-edge localization algorithms and new Radiation Exchange Data (RED) technology that extends the range of wireless communications in low signal areas.
The solution is covertly installed in trees located in active harvesting and sends alarm notifications and exact location information to officials as soon as trees pass within 20 miles of a cellular network. This enables law enforcement and the Brazilian environmental protection agency IBAMA agents to respond in real time, trace the loggers to sawmills and prevent the sale and profit from illegally harvested lumber. With the rugged durability and sophisticated power management system of Gemalto's Cinterion M2M solution, the device can operate reliably in the field for over a year without recharging batteries.
"The rainforest in Brazil is approximately the size of the US so it's impossible to monitor each and every acre," added Ramzi Abdine, general manager of Cinterion M2M at Gemalto Latin America. "The Cargo Tracck solution offers a compelling example of the power of M2M technology in overcoming unique business challenges to extend the reach of traditional tracking and tracing methods."
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