Profile: ORBCOMM Inc (ORBC.OQ)

ORBC.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

27 Mar 2015
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ORBCOMM Inc., incorporated on October 16, 2003, is a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication solutions, including network connectivity, devices and web reporting applications. These solutions enable optimal business efficiencies, increased asset efficiency, utilization, and substantially reduce asset write-offs helping industry leaders realize benefits on a world-wide basis. The Company’s M2M products and services are designed to track, monitor and enhance security for a variety of assets, such as trailers, trucks, rail cars, intermodal containers, generators, fluid tanks, marine vessels, oil and gas wells, pipeline monitoring equipment, irrigation control systems, and utility meters, in the transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, oil and gas, maritime and government industries. Additionally, the Company provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services for vessel tracking and to improve maritime safety to government and commercial customers worldwide. The Company provides these services using multiple network platforms, including its constellation of 25 low-Earth orbit satellites, two AIS microsatellites and accompanying ground infrastructure, and also provides complementary satellite services through reseller agreements with mobile satellite providers Inmarsat and Globalstar, as well as offer terrestrial-based cellular communication services provided by major cellular (Tier One) wireless carriers. The Company’s satellite-based system uses small, low power, fixed or mobile satellite subscriber communicators for connectivity, and cellular wireless subscriber identity modules, (SIMS), are connected to the cellular wireless providers’ networks, with data gathered over these systems capable of being connected to other public or private networks, including the Internet.

The Orbcomm M2M LEO Satellite Constellation

The Company’s LEO satellite constellation consists of 25 operational satellites, in multiple orbital planes between 435 and 550 miles above the Earth (four primary planes of three to eight satellites each) operating in the VHF band. The LEO satellite ground and control component consists of fifteen gateway earth stations, three regional gateway control centers all co-located in the United States based data center, a network control center in Dulles, Virginia including a redundant backup data center in the state of Washington.

The Orbcomm AIS Satellite Constellation

The Company’s AIS satellite constellation consists of two leased operational satellites, one in a polar plane at an altitude of 470kilometers and the other in an equatorial plane at an altitude of 866kilometers. The AIS satellite ground and control component consists of three AIS data reception earth stations connected through the United States-based data center in Dulles.

Partner L-Band GEO Satellite Services

ORBCOMM is developing capability to offer L-band GEO satellite services via both IsatData Pro (IDP), a satellite packet data service offering the highest payload and lowest latency in the market, and via BGAN M2M, a 3G-based service offering real-time IP data up to 512 kbps on a single global SIM. The Company’s application of these services fits in as extensions of its MAPP integration scheme, using and reworking existing components in the Orbcomm network.

The Sensor Enabled Notification System (SENS

SENS is a simplex spread-spectrum based system consisting of thousands of fielded sensor and tracking devices, GES Appliques. GES Appliques detects, demodulates and forwards data packets to AssetView, and AssetView, a Web-based back-office portal (which enables customers to retrieve and view geocoded sensor data from the field via the Globalstar satellite network.

Terrestrial Wireless Services

ORBCOMM has active partnerships with many of the carriers, both domestic and abroad including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Rogers, and Vodafone. ORBCOMM has tightly-integrated the carriers APN networks into its own production network to provide a common interface for mix of carrier and service options for its customers. The integration planning of each carrier network is predicated by the core ORBCOMM service vision, in terms of providing a consistent and reliable uniform messaging environment for its customers.

Multi-Network Access Point Platform (MAPP

The Company has transitioned from a pure satellite service provider and reseller into value-added application and device development geared to specific applications and markets. This includes the Company’s MAPP (Multi-Network Access Point Platform), a culmination of past and present technologies cohesively integrated within the Company’s network, to translate and integrate the communications from its network service partners into a uniform and easily manageable set of commands and responses and information transport. This creates a common user platform for provisioning, billing and multi-mode access for M2M applications, that is supported by Inmarsat’s M2MAP (M2M Access Platform), as well as all of the above-mentioned technology, and enables access to network and terminal management tools for rapid wholesale integration with ORBCOMM.

Communication devices and sensors

The Communication devices and sensors include subscriber component, which consists of satellite subscriber communicators and cellular terrestrial units It also include wireless modems incorporating SIMS used by end users to transmit and receive messages to and from their assets and the Company’s system.

Web Applications

The end user component, which consists of AIS data services and wireless GPS tracking, monitoring, two way command and control, analytics for fleets of refrigerated trailers, trucks and railcars. Specialized data feeds are established through the Company’s application gateway interface to third party dispatch systems and customer software applications to provide customers data and analytics from telematics products and specialized sensors.

The Company competes with Iridium, Inmarsat, Globalstar and Thuraya.

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395 W Passaic St Ste 325
ROCHELLE PARK   NJ   07662-3016
P: +1703.4336300
F: +1302.6365454

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