GalileoSky recently held a webinar for their partners where revealed more details about their new asset tracking device called Boxfinder. Its main purpose is a tracking cargo for long-distance shipments.
The manufacturer claims the device is able to work autonomously for up to 10 years. If this is not just a marketing trick, GalileoSky Boxfinder might become the most long-lasting GPS tracker among all devices with the same size. It weighs 350 g (12.34 oz) and has 125 x 102 x 42 mm size (4.92 х 4 х 1.6 in). It can be fixed on the asset or container with a couple of self-tapping screws.
Optional Iridium module allows track assets not only in the areas with GSM coverage. It extends the possible application for trans-continental and marine shipments.
Let’s list all its main features:
- Location with GPS and GLONASS
- Location with LBS (GSM Cell ID based)
- Quad-band GSM connectivity
- IRIDIUM connectivity (optional)
- Acoustic control of environment around a tracker
- Inputs/Outputs for SOS button, Temperature sensor, Fuel Sensor, RFID reader and cut-engine relay availability
- Absolute water and dust protection (IP65)
- Low and high-temperature ambient conditions operation: from -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)
- Independent power supply
- Easy and solid mounting (e.g. on a container)
- Smart sleep mode
- Decapsulation sensor
As being said, GalileoSky Boxfinder can work up to 10 years – updating its position 2 times a day.
It seems that device sticks out with its operation time, IRIDIUM availability and the highest durability. It can be used for cross-border and maritime transportation and also for surveillance and insurance telematics with sparsely inhabited and isolated territories.
The device also has their weaknesses like a requirement of changing a battery at the GalileoSky office, because it сan’t to be purchased anywhere else on a market except manufacturer’s shop. Another disadvantage is the absence of A-GPS. However, the manufacturer states that device’s cold start can be done in 35 seconds.
Unfortunately, Boxfinder is not equipped with a detaching sensor, which many customers consider as a must-have feature for this sort of devices.