Applied Satellite Technology

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Applied Satellite Technology
Type Private
Genre Satellite Communications
Headquarters Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Products Satellite phones, satellite data modems
Services Satellite communication hardware, Satellite Airtime and Asset tracking
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Applied Satellite Technology (“AST”) is a satellite communications company that provides satellite transceivers, dual-mode satellite/GPRS terminals and satellite network services for global tracking, monitoring, and control of mobile and stationary assets. AST’s products are used in M2M applications in transportation, maritime, military, mining, oil & gas, heavy equipment, media and utilities sectors. AST communicate via Inmarsat’s global satellite service, Iridium’s satellite constellation, Thuraya’s regional satellites and Globalstar’s low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.

History[edit]

Applied Satellite Technology commenced operations in 1992 as a start-up company with only 4 employees. Today, the AST group has a 140 strong workforce providing satellite communications to a wide range of global customers. AST Distribution are focused upon supporting the reseller network with local sales, service and support teams based in the UK, Singapore and South Africa. AST have undertaken integrated projects such as satellite tracking services to 800+ UK fishing vessels under contract to DEFRA (UK Government) and also work with the RNLI on the MOB Guardian project.

Certifications[edit]

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001
  • Thrane & Thrane Master Distributor (since 2007)
  • Inmarsat Distribution Partner (since 2009)

Markets[edit]

AST distributes is products to companies who put satellite communications products and services into industry-specific applications for their customers.

The following are three main uses for this technology:

Land mobile applications:

  • Vehicle tracking and monitoring, fleet management
  • Security and anti-theft monitoring
  • Heavy equipment security and management
  • Trailer and container tracking, rail car tracking
  • Low cost Media solutions (Streambox)

Marine applications:

  • Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT)
  • Electronic Reporting System (e-Log)
  • Vessel monitoring system (VMS)
  • Vessel equipment, environment, security monitoring

Defence and security applications:

  • Personnel tracking
  • Perimeter control
  • Homeland and border security
  • Tracking, protection, monitoring, and security