Datastar portfolio tracks assets

Datastar aims to expand and improve its market share in the wireless product and services industry at this year’s Gitex.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  September 26, 2005

Datastar aims to expand and improve its market share in the wireless product and services industry at this year’s Gitex. The Saudi-owned and based corporation was formed in 1999, following a two-year study of the satellite telecommunications market by external management consultants. In 2000, the company signed an exclusive regional operator’s (RO) agreement to market GlobalWave satellite communications technology from TransCore. As Datastar’s dedicated space segment covers the market for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia through the Inmarsat satellite INDW 25ºE, Gitex Dubai is particularly significant for the company, as Wilfredo Gundao, vice president of operations for Datastar International, states. “The Middle East is our biggest potential market and Datastar’s operational license and business model were designed for this region,” he explains. In 2002, Datastar opened its doors for commercial operation and today the company is a wireless communications service provider for terrestrial, telemetry and vehicle tracking solutions. Over the years, Datastar has deployed over 8,000 units of satellite mobile terminals and plans to leverage the opportunities of Gitex to generate new business. “We are continuing to promote our core system GlobalWave technology, a satellite data communications products and services,” says Gundao. “We are also using the show as a forum to introduce new additions to the Datastar wireless product portfolio, which use GSM/GPRS, radio-based systems, offline tracking, and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions.” GlobalWave satellite communications technology provides customers with satellite data communication services for trailer tracking, asset tracking and management for mobile and non-mobile applications. The GlobalWave system is the newest addition to the TransCore family of wireless communications-based products. There are several elements to the GlobalWave solution. The MT2000 communications terminals, network, data management, GPS, and geo satellite work together to provide tracking for mobile and non-mobile assets. The MT2000 is the smallest, most-powerful satellite communication product available, according to Datastar. It is environmentally sealed and fully tested to withstand shock, vibration, high-pressure wash, and other harsh environmental conditions faced in the truck transport industry. Since it has no moving parts, the MT2000 can operate for several years with little or no maintenance costs. According to Datastar’s CEO and chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Shathry, the MT2000 enables organisations to transmit and receive all the information needed to manage a fleet. “Information can be transmitted in prescheduled, event triggered, or polling modes, depending on a customer’s needs,” Al-Shathry says.

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