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Fleet Management Solutions deploys Satellite Data Links for a Tracking, Monitorin and Remote Management System

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Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) is a San Luis Obispo, CA based value-added reseller and manufacturer of GPS/All-Satellite mobile resource management systems in use in more than 50 countries.

Iridium® is providing worldwide satellite data links for a new asset tracking, monitoring and remote management system, the Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) MLT-300i. FMS successfully completed worldwide validation of the Iridium®-based MLT-300i system earlier this year. Included in the North Slope, Alaska portion of the validation was PGS Onshore, a major provider and recognized market leader of geophysical services to the international oil and gas industry. Moving forward, PGS expects to continue with full scale deployment in all regions where time-sensitive and mission-critical field data is needed in near real-time.

"FMS designed the system to take advantage of Iridium's worldwide gap-free coverage and robust two-way, low-latency data links," stated Cliff Henley, CEO of FMS. "Customers such as PGS operate in areas where safety and security are of utmost importance. They require a solution capable of delivering mission-critical data in a matter of seconds anywhere in the world. Iridium, with its fully meshed network, has met these requirements."

The FMS MLT-300i provides near real-time tracking and management for fleets of all types and sizes. The system includes Quake Global's 9612 transceiver using Iridium's short-burst data service, along with FMS proprietary firmware and software. FMS firmware and software includes a GPS receiver, a plug and play universal OBD2/CAN BUS interface, multiple analog and digital inputs/outputs, and a dedicated serial port to accommodate in-cab two-way text and email messaging. All data is transmitted through the Iridium satellite network to FMS Network Operation Centers (NOCs), and is communicated to users worldwide via a secure Internet browser interface.

The MLT-300i also provides extensive asset monitoring and management functions. All engine and asset trouble codes, fuel consumption, miles per gallon, hard breaking, power take-offs, engine rotations per minute (RPMs), oil pressure, and engine and coolant temperatures are standard on the OBD2/CAN version of the FMS MLT-300i. Automatic alerts are immediately sent via the Iridium network when a trouble code or user-defined event occurs.

In addition to the speed of the FMS MLT-300i, PGS has found the systems boundary feature to be especially useful, according to Kevin Crozier, Manager of Survey and Navigation for PGS Onshore.

"We now have a system which will instantly provide audible alarms via e-mail and text-enabled phones whenever a vehicle tries to enter a prohibited area, such as a pipeline right-of-way or well pad," Crozier said. "All commands, events, report and alerts are transmitted, received and available within seconds. This is an absolute requirement, as our crews work in some of the harshest conditions in the world," continued Crozier.

Greg Ewert, Executive Vice President of Iridium Satellite, said, "We are seeing a tremendous surge in the demand for low-latency, highly reliable data communications services that can be used for applications similar to PGS Onshore. Iridium is ideal for users that have worker safety requirements as well as enterprise information needs. Through this capability, Iridium is pleased to be a critical tool in enabling PGS to most effectively manage remote field assets."

About FMS
Fleet Management Solutions, Inc (FMS) ( provides complete fixed and mobile asset tracking and management solutions to Oil and Gas, Government and Military, Service and Delivery, Marine and Offshore, Trucking and Transportation, Heavy Equipment, and Bus and Motorcoach industries. Combining GPS technology with two-way satellite communications, FMS delivers turnkey solutions which provide customers with measurable improvements in asset utilization, safety and security, and labor productivity while reducing the risk of theft and cost of recovery. Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with distribution partners in more than 30 countries worldwide, FMS is a privately held corporation.

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