Asset Tracking via Satellite
Nanosatellites allow for the precise tracking and geolocation of all types of assets in real time. Unlike land navigation systems, CubeSats can identify an object wherever it may be in the world – either in remote locations or at sea.
If it can’t be tracked, it can’t be controlled. Generally speaking, using a constellation of nanosatellites to track assets can be used for a wide range of needs. We can’t even begin to imagine the myriad applications this will offer in the future, but here are just a few of those that are here and now:
Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) allows for precise location of aircraft without the need for land radar signals. Aircraft transmit their GPS position, although occasionally the land reception of these messages is not possible, especially when the aircraft are flying mid ocean. A nanosatellite constellation can act as an intermediary, transmitting these messages and guaranteeing the tracking of passengers and freight.
Communication between nanosatellites and ships allows for the real time tracking of their exact position in order to control the location and status of cargo. Ship tracking improves security and can also be used to manage routes and rescue operations, as well as avoiding collisions. This tool can also contribute to prevent piracy, detect illegal fishing or to carry out other environmental surveillance activities.
Fleet management systems are a practical way of tracking goods and passenger carriers. They are also useful for companies whose activities require the use of several vehicles or for Public Administration fleets. The data collected by nanosatellites allows for the precise tracking of each vehicle, as well as helping to take decisions aimed at boosting fleet productivity.