European Space Agency Selects TransCore's GlobalWave Research and Development Team Along With Novacom Services to Develop Satellite-Based Container Tracking Prototype

    Asset Tracking Product to Provide Global Visibility of Intermodal Cargo

    OTTAWA, CANADA & TOULOUSE, FRANCE, October 9 /CNW/ - The European Space
Agency (ESA) selects TransCore, a company that provides satellite asset
tracking on three continents through its GlobalWave technology, and Novacom
Services, a subsidiary of Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), to lead the
development of an asset tracking prototype that will provide continuous
visibility of intermodal containers and eliminate the line-of-sight
complication that hinders global tracking of containers while in transit. The
prototype should be completed by end of 2008.

    The worldwide container traffic by sea, rail and truck is estimated to
reach approximately 19 million units by 2012, yet there is no way to track and
monitor individual containers from the point of origin to the point of
destination on a continuous basis. While there has been an emerging growth of
existing terrestrial and satellite asset tracking products, there is currently
not a product that can continuously track containers across global
international boundaries without times of outages or lost communications due
to blocked line of sight when containers are stacked.

    Intermodal transport of goods through containers is becoming a preferred
choice of transport due to the versatility and easy transfer of containers
from one mode of transportation to another, such as from ship to rail and
truck. The current inability to provide constant tracking creates several
logistical problems, including security risks, loss of containers, inefficient
utilization of fleets, poor quality of service to shippers, and theft.
Increased monitoring of containers is crucial for shippers, operators and
shipping lines to improve the transportation chain and the security of

    "Both companies already have successful contracts with our ESA Telecom
department in their specific domains. The combination of TransCore's research
and development strength and Novacom's expertise designing versatile
application server platforms for the implementation of such a compelling
service promises to be an excellent showcase of the capabilities of our
industries as well as of the strengths of satellite communications," said
Norbert Hubner, project manager of mobile application projects within the ESA
Telecommunications Department of the European Space Agency.

    John Worthington, president of TransCore's Commercial Technology Group,
added, "Being selected by ESA for a project of global importance is a
privilege. Our heritage in research, development and manufacturing along with
our commercial transportation expertise is well suited to the task."

    TransCore and Novacom Services have a long-standing partnership ideally
suited for this development, which will combine GlobalWave satellite
communications technology with the application server platform developed and
used by Novacom for clients worldwide supporting a variety of terminal
products and satellite systems for tracking and remote monitoring

    TransCore, as lead contractor, will use its power efficient satellite
core modem as the foundation for the mobile terminal, and the GlobalWave
network will provide two-way communications and tracking in North America and
Europe. Further development work will focus on the addition of
terminal-to-terminal communications for containers in transit. This will
ensure uninterrupted coverage even if the containers are stacked which will
mark a major breakthrough towards achieving secure containers.

    Novacom will be responsible for the application server platform
development needed to provide a user-friendly interface with back-office
business operations, as well as for all end-to-end validation testing of the
terminal in the satellite communications system.

    About TransCore

    TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries, a market-driven,
diversified growth company with 2006 revenues of $1.7 billion, a market
capitalization exceeding $5 billion, and is a component of the S&P Mid-Cap
400, Fortune 1000 and Russell 1000 Indexes.

    With products and installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents
worldwide, and pioneering applications of radio frequency identification
(RFID), satellite communications, and internet-based logistics technologies,
TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. With three
ground control stations providing service to five continents, the GlobalWave
network supports customers worldwide including over 600 U.S. commercial
transportation companies, the U.S. Department of Defense, and powers
TransCore's 3sixty fleet management services. GlobalWave reached distribution
milestones earlier this year exceeding 150,000 satellite communications
transceivers worldwide. In 2007, Inbound Logistics Magazine ranked TransCore
as one of the Top 100 Logistics IT providers. For more information, visit

    About Novacom Services

    Novacom Services is a subsidiary of Collecte Localisation Satellites
(CLS), the exclusive operator of the Argos system and the CNES (the French
Space Agency). In 2002 CLS created Novacom Services to develop and market new
products and services for global tracking and monitoring. The Novacom platform
is a 24/7/365 data-processing center that allows customers to control their
assets in real-time via the Internet. Novacom supports customers in
transportation, construction industry, waste management and international aid.
Every day, 20,000 terminals send 1,000,000+ positions through the Novacom
system to provide more visibility and control on remote assets.

    About European Space Agency

    The European Space Agency (ESA), established in 1975, is an
inter-governmental organization dedicated to the research, development and
exploitation of space, currently with 17 member states. Its headquarters are
in Paris, France. ESA has a staff (excluding sub-contractors and national
space agencies) of about 1,900. Its mission is to shape the development of
Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to
deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe. By coordinating the financial and
intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programs and
activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

For further information:

For further information: TransCore Barb Catlin, 972-733-6056 or Novacom Services Virginie Brement-Durand, +33
5 61 39 5000 or European Space
Agency Dominique Detain,

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