SkyBitz has announced development of the Government Solutions group. The company provides remote asset management systems based on advanced technology from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that are ideal for government organizations with requirements to track and manage assets and cargo with continuous visibility and high security without access to a power source.

SkyBitz used DARPA funding to develop its patented Global Locating System (GLS) technology and an efficient two-way communication satellite communications protocol, which provides a more secure platform than traditional GPS and satellite communications systems. In January, the company introduced the SkyBitz GLS400 Mobile Terminal, a machine-to-machine (M2M) asset tracking system that provides a lower overall total cost of ownership through increased power efficiency, reliability, ruggedness, and service life. Instead of the spotty visibility of in-transit assets afforded by patchworks of traditional GPS and RFID installations, SkyBitz addresses the homeland and defense security challenges governments face by providing continuous in-transit visibility of containers and mission critical assets in real time.

Late in 2009, SkyBitz also received Defense Transportation Tracking System II (DTTS) certification by The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Commands (SDDC). This certification enables SkyBitz clients to meet the government’s requirement for establishing a transportation protective service for tracking of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA&E)-laden commercial closed box van/trailers.

SkyBitz is working with Iridium to build a system with lower power consumption and a longer battery life. This system will be built around the Iridium 9602, a, small, lightweight transceiver that enables global, two-way satellite links for low-latency, real-time data transmission. The new system is ideal for government organizations that require intelligent sensor systems and power-efficient, two-way communications to maintain critical visibility on high-value assets.