ISAF – International Security Assistance Force – is a NATO led international military contingent operating in Afghanistan since 2001. It was initiated to help the Afghan Authorities strengthen the institutions required to fully establish good governance and rule of law promoting human rights. The main role of ISAF is to assist the Afghan government in the establishment of a secure and stable environment. ISAF forces conduct security and stability operations throughout the country together with the Afghan National Security Forces.
ORBCOMM is a leading provider of global machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and offers the only commercial satellite network 100% dedicated to M2M. Orbcomm clients include corporate giants such as Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi, Hyundai and Volvo.
ISAF TRANSPORTATION USES OMNICOMM TO CONTROL AND MANAGE FUEL
A key goal for any government is to maximize its defensive posture. One critical aspect of that effort is the effective delivery and provisioning of fuel in military zones.
For example, in Afghanistan a main objective set by the United States military was the prevention of fuel theft by local civilian drivers who had been contracted by the military to deliver fuel. Despite the fact that transportation of fuel was carried out using a proprietary military fleet, petroleum tanker drivers were hired from amongst the local population. Hiring local personnel was also necessary because of the inherent danger of the work involved: attacks on fuel convoys were not uncommon. The resulting theft of fuel tankers by these attackers, and the occasional explosion of such stolen fuel tankers, caused significant disruption to military fuel delivery schedules.
After a thorough evaluation of several supplier options, the United States Military’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) chose the GlobalTrak solution by Orbcomm; this solution was fitted with Omnicomm fuel level sensors LLS 20230. This particular fuel level sensor was chosen to be integrated in the Orbcomm GlobalTrak transport monitoring solution due to the reliable explosion-proof characteristics and the precision accuracy even in harsh environments involving fluctuations of temperature and atmospheric pressure, high resistance to vibration loads and dust.
“We see an ever growing market demand for solutions in the field of transport monitoring and fuel consumption control in such regions as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, where fuel theft is a very common practice. We hope that our solution will be a major deterrent in this issue in the military and commercial areas around the world and will significantly improve the efficiency of fuel carriers.”
– Marc Eisenberg Chief Executive Officer, ORBCOMM Inc.
It is precisely the explosion-proof characteristics that were ISAF’s main requirement for fuel monitoring equipment.
1500 EXPLOSION PROOF OMNICOMM LLS 20230 SENSORS INSTALLED IN ISAF FUEL TANKERS IN AFGHANISTAN
Now ISAF is able to see,in real time, the location of transport, the fuel level and the security status of petroleum tankers using mobile and satellite connections. In cases of the sudden operational disorder of a vehicle, an alarm signal, or a sudden change of fuel level, the sensor sends urgent information to the dispatcher indicating the exact location of the vehicle. The Omnicomm fuel level monitoring system shows accurate and precise results in various difficult climatic conditions with sizable temperature and atmospheric pressure fluctuations.
SPECIFICS OF THE PROJECT
The project was not an ordinary one for Omnicomm since interaction with the client was not direct. Omnicomm installed its fuel level sensors as part of a joint project with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Orbcomm to equip ISAF logistics units with the transport control systems. All works were conducted together with Omnicomm’s American partner, Orbcomm . This experience proved Omnicomm’s success in terms of equipment integration into another fleet management system.
Omnicomm LLS sensors are designed to work all around the world, from the North Pole to equator, in all climate and weather conditions (99.2% accuracy from -60° to +80°С). Omnicomm LLS digital fuel level sensors have two interfaces that can be connected to two terminals. Omnicomm LLS-AF analog sensors are actually digital sensors with analog output. This allows the level of precision necessary for proper and efficient fuel control, corresponding to the level of the digital sensors.
Omnicomm fuel sensors can be powered by numerous power sources that can withstand erratic voltage spikes. Our range of sensors can be powered with as little as 7 VDC and up to 75 VDC, and have built-in protection to deal with voltage spikes up to +- 200 VDC.
Over 800,000 Omnicomm sensors have been sold in 109 countries worldwide.