Distributing applications of satellite-based location technologies
In its very 1st year in business, CLS provided an Argos transmitter—the company’s emblematic product—for Jean-Louis Etienne’s expedition to the North Pole.
These transmitters are also used in ocean yacht races, transmitting messages to satellites, which then relay them to ground processing centres to keep track of competitors.
Today, most of the company’s activities are devoted to protecting natural resources. For example, CLS systems continuously track more than 5,000 fishing vessels to help enforce fishing zones and catch quotas.
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Variations in temperature, pressure and salinity are acquired by 5,000 drifting buoys, 1,500 floats and 300 moored buoys and fixed stations around the globe.
CLS has also tagged 3,500 animals of all species with transmitters to help biologists better understand the threats to endangered species.
And the list of applications doesn’t end there. Other areas where CLS is active include:
- tracking of hazardous materials on land and at sea,
- combating oil pollution: completely tight Argos transmitters can be immersed in an oil slick to track it,
- humanitarian aid: in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), CLS location solutions are being used to help manage distribution of food aid.
Today, it has 210 employees in Toulouse, France, and generates €40 million in revenues.
As well as receiving messages from transmitters, this new instrument will also support transmission of commands to new transmitters fitted with an appropriate receiver.