MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced that its commercial IoT satellite technology has been chosen by the University of Toronto’s Trash Team for an innovative study of plastic pollution in Lake Ontario. The Globalstar SmartOne C Asset-Ready Satellite Trackers were purchased by the team in the Tagging Trash Project to understand the sources of plastic litter and reveal the paths and fate of plastic in the Port of Toronto. The first project results will be released by the Trash Team in a month webinar to be held on November 23rd, 2021.
“It couldn’t be more rewarding for us to see our satellite solutions contribute to the important work the University of Toronto Trash Team is doing,” said Jim Mandala, Vice President, Commercial IoT, Globalstar, Inc. commercial IoT satellite solutions help organizations like the University of Toronto Trash Team monitor and manage assets and optimize remote operations. All of our solutions, including the SmartOne C Satellite Tracker, operate over Globalstar’s fully modernized LEO satellite network, enabling reliable tracking of fixed and mobile assets – essential in today’s hyper-connected, global marketplace. We congratulate the Trash Team on completing the first phase of their project and look forward to working with them as they continue to advance this important research.”
In the spring of 2021, the University of Toronto Trash Team deployed a fleet of blender bottles at strategic locations in the Port of Toronto. Each bottle contained an embedded Globalstar SmartOne C Satellite Managed Asset Tracker. The GPS-tagged bottles are designed to represent floating plastic debris in the Port of Toronto. The Trash Team uses the data captured through Globalstar’s commercial IoT satellite technology to track the paths of the bottles and reveal patterns of movement and potential accumulation zones for floating waste.
“It’s clear that Toronto has a garbage problem in the harbor,” said Cassandra Sherlock, member of the Trash Team. “The data we collect will help locate waste collection devices such as Seabins to divert litter away from Lake Ontario. The data will also help us understand where litter ends up in the water, how it moves from point A to B and where it eventually accumulates.”
The Globalstar SmartOne C Satellite Trackers are embedded in airtight, bright orange water bottles and housed on a small platform and secured so that the trackers are constantly pointed towards the sky and the satellites. SPOT my Globalstar cloud-based mapping service, which is integrated with any Globalstar commercial IoT device, provides critical location data that is mapped at scheduled tracking intervals. This gives the team waypoints every hour that mark the location of each bottle. SPOT my Globalstar’s automated reporting also allows the team to view historical reports, taking into account weather, wind events and other environmental factors. The SmartOne C uses a motion sensor, comparative GPS positions and custom configured sensors to collect and transmit information about the asset status of the bottles.
“Due to the success of this project, we are now considering using the Globalstar IoT Satellite Trackers in rivers to assess the fate and transport of plastic pollution in watersheds,” said Chelsea Rochman, Science Programming and Application Lead for the University of Toronto Trash Team . “This work will likely begin in the city of Toronto, but could expand to other global rivers thereafter.”
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of customizable satellite IoT solutions to customers worldwide in industries such as oil and gas, transportation, emergency management, government, maritime and outdoor recreation. Globalstar solutions, a pioneer in mobile voice and data services via satellite, connect people to their devices and enable companies to streamline operations by providing security and communications and remotely monitoring mobile assets via the Globalstar Satellite Network . The company’s commercial IoT product portfolio includes industry-acclaimed SmartOne asset tracking products, commercial IoT satellite channels and the SPOT® product line for personal security, messaging and emergency response, all supported on SPOT My Globalstar, a robust cloud-based improved map solution . Learn more at Globalstar.com.