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Remote asset management and worker safety with satellite communications

August 6, 2020
by Globalstar Canada Satellite Co.


When it comes to worker safety, tracking assets and managing efficient operations in the forestry sector, managers have a wide range of communication tools to choose from. The challenge is finding affordable solutions that operate independent of cellular networks for seamless connectivity across forestry operations – wherever they take place, from remote logging camps through transportation and to the back office. Managing efficient forestry operations today is a complex process that requires everything from contractor oversight to lone worker safety to trucking and asset tracking. Without reliable communication tools, productive and affordable operations become increasingly challenging.

It’s a fact that the majority of forestry and logging operations take place in areas that either include cellular dead zones or unreliable networks. In Canada, these operations typically encompass large, remote regions. According to the CRTC, mobile networks only cover approximately one-fifth of Canada’s geographic land mass. So, when it comes to managing people, tracking assets and deploying business continuity strategies, satellite technology is essential for forestry operations.

Across the forestry industry, satellite technology is playing an instrumental role in helping managers accurately log the location and movements of equipment, assets, contractors and lone workers to ensure efficiency, security and safety. With today’s leading satellite-based tracking and tools, managers have reliable communications access and near real-time visibility across their operations for scenarios including potential equipment or logging transportation breakdowns, contractor departure and arrival schedules, detailed waypoints mapped along travel routes, and ongoing communications to ensure worker safety from any location – around the world.

SPOT for Business solutions deliver affordable, reliable, location-based satellite tracking, messaging, and life-saving S.O.S. technology that businesses in industrial and resource-based sectors need to drive productivity and efficiency into their operations.


Globalstar’s SPOT for Business solutions encompass a range of affordable satellite products and services for managing workers and tracking fixed or mobile assets. Combined, these services and solutions deliver a one-stop shop for affordable, reliable, location-based tracking, two-way messaging, business continuity and emergency notification technology.

SPOT for Business solutions operate over the fully modernized Globalstar Satellite Network, ensuring dependable service completely independent of terrestrial or cellular networks. They not only help organizations support business continuity strategies, but open new windows to efficiency and cost effectiveness through improved coordination and management of people, assets and resources.

SPOT Trace: asset tracking, anti-theft and more

SPOT Trace for satellite-based asset tracking and theft alert.

SPOT Trace is a rugged, easy to use theft-alert and tracking device that can be deployed on both fixed and mobile assets to better manage fleet and resources across remote areas lacking reliable cellular, radio or Wi-Fi services. Through live and historical reporting, and new SPOT Mapping services, managers can efficiently oversee fixed or mobile inventory helping improve the company’s security and loss prevention capabilities. Fleet trip reports and geofence dwell reports enable oversight of time spent in cutting areas, at the factory and in transport.

SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger with bluetooth: lone and remote worker safety, anywhere

SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger helping to protect remote and lone workers.

SPOT X with Bluetooth is a ruggedized two-way satellite messaging device that ensures remote and lone worker safety when cell service is limited, unreliable or non-existent. In the case of a business disruption or disaster in which local infrastructure fails or becomes unreliable, SPOT X provides a redundant communications solution for workers. In addition, SPOT helps businesses meet HR policies for remote worker check-in and comply with lone worker regulations that exist in some provinces and territories in Canada. Should an accident occur, at the push of a button an SOS link with GPS coordinates can be sent to emergency services and the user can detail the situation using two-way satellite texting. Managers and workers can easily stay in touch, no matter where they are.

SPOT Mapping: advanced navigation for mapping, tracking and asset management

SPOT Mapping tracks and maps the location of assets in near real time, anywhere.

SPOT Mapping, an advanced navigation platform that accompanies SPOT for Business solutions, provides mobile responsive and sharable maps, data storage, and a range of map displays, such as satellite, road and terrain options. It offers easy to set-up geo-fencing to create virtual boundaries for lone workers or assets, so managers can be alerted when these perimeters are crossed to better manage resource comings and goings.

Having a window that allows businesses to proactively monitor, manage and track valuable equipment in the field is critical to ensuring the right business decisions are made at the right time, based on the most current available data. With SPOT Trace and SPOT Mapping, managers can run daily, weekly or monthly reporting, which can be used to assess subcontractor performance, identify inefficiencies, reconcile accounts, and manage inventory of leased equipment for the duration of a project.

In addition, uninterrupted communications capabilities outside of cellular range is integral to supporting business continuity in field operations, regardless of location or conditions. Whether workers are travelling between sites in uncharted terrain or troubleshooting an equipment breakdown in a remote region, having redundant, reliable communications and on-board emergency notification technology is paramount to proactive, efficient and safe operations.

For businesses operating in the forestry sector, meeting the challenge of maintaining efficient operations through asset tracking and reliable communication with workers beyond the reach of terrestrial or cellular networks is only possible with satellite technology. Today, a growing number of companies are turning to Globalstar and SPOT for Business satellite solutions, including remote asset tracking devices, satellite hotspots and two-way satellite messengers, to enable a fully and reliably connected global value chain. In this way, they can ensure efficient and productive operations while optimizing decision making, improving security for equipment and assets, and ensuring lone and remote worker safety.

To learn how satellite solutions can support your business, click here to download Globalstar’s guide: “Introduction to Satellite Technology for Business: How satellite technology is driving business advantage in today’s always-on, data-driven marketplace.”