GPS Monitoring & Tracking

The 4 Kylos systems shown below (made by Starcom Systems) are some of the most innovative and advanced GPS devices for tracking and monitoring various types of high-value assets and merchandise, vehicles, equipment, people and pets, whether stationary or mobile. Kylos integrates GPS technology, GSM cellular capabilities, and innovative built-in sensors. These Kylos systems provide complete user friendly solutions 24/7 for efficient management and real-time reporting using an online application. Kylos devices are compact and easy to install. The mobile and web based application features detailed maps, enabling online tracking and monitoring anywhere in the world, and will report alerts for complex events while the devices are in transit (using email/SMS/reports, and operating in 32 languages). These Kylos systems are state of the art, giving the user control of a broad range of situations, anticipated or unexpected, and provide timely automatic alerts. Kylos devices are autonomic – operating with a rechargeable battery – without the need for an external power source.


Starcom’s products have become synonymous with system stability and reliability. This is the result of many years of research and experience, ensuring unparalleled quality.* †

The 4 Kylos GPS Systems

Kylos Compact GPS Module

Size of Kylos Compact GPS Module

Kylos Compact GPS (click for further information) Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this device is an ideal solution for monitoring and tracking high-value merchandise, valuable assets and for keeping the user informed about the whereabouts of family members and pets. This unit is (a) waterproof (IP65), (b) will measure and alert to impacts, temperature changes and light conditions, and (c) send alerts by SMS/email to preselected emergency contacts using a panic button.


Kylos GPS (click for further information) With a longer battery life, this device is operational for longer periods of time without recharging, making it ideal for monitoring vehicles, valuable equipment, and commercial goods traveling long routes.

Kylos GPS Module

With Kylos you can:

  • Keep track of your pallets, inter-modal shipping containers, etc. as they travel long routes.
  • Identify and react to deviations from a preset temperature range, using the built-in temperature sensor, lessening the risk of spoilage to valuable goods or medical supplies.
  • Monitor and protect vehicles, when needed, without using preinstalled AVL systems.
  • Monitor the location of fragile goods and cargo requiring special handling.


Kylos Forever GPS (click for further information) Kylos Forever GPS is available when “once-a-day” notification is needed to ensure that valuables or equipment are securely protected.

Kylos Forever GPS Module

Kylos Forever can monitor valuable assets or equipment placed in remote areas for months at a time, with a battery that lasts up to 3 years. This reduces the risk of having valuable property and equipment stolen, lost or possibly forgotten! When the device is in “sleep” mode, it will “wake up” and report events which appear to be out of the ordinary or unexpected.


Kylos Air GPS Module

Kylos Air GPS (click for further information) A monitoring solution to ensure safe delivery of cargo from origin to destination. Kylos Air provides an overall solution for ULD pallets (standard aerial Unit Load Devices) and ULD containers. Kylos Air is easily installed and removed, and offers high accuracy sensors and reliable performance. The product is based on Kylos Forever – a trusted and tested system which provides real time alerts and tracking through Starcom’s mobile and web applications. In a world of international commerce and growing volumes of valuable cargo being shipped by air daily, knowing your cargo’s exact location is a major advantage. Kylos Air is a sophisticated tracking system, expressly designed to monitor and track air cargo. The system triggers an alert in the event of any irregular event. This includes any change of location, temperature variations, impacts, or light exposure. Real time alerts may be reported at each point in the shipping process, so the user will know when the product has departed the user’s facility, arrived at the airport, and delivered at its final destination. These alerts allow the user to solve any problems that might arise in real time, which may affect the supply chain process. A documented record of historical sensor events, and alerts, can help the user investigate any incidents experienced during the cargo’s shipping process. The solution complies with the FAA regulations: the cellular modem is deactivated during take-off, and reactivated automatically upon landing using its internal barometric pressure and accelerometer sensors.


In the marine industry alone the National Cargo Security Council estimates  annual industry losses, as a result of cargoes being either lost or stolen, is $50,000,000,000.


Key Features

Programmable Events: According to the user’s needs and preferences, Kylos can be programmed to trigger email or text alerts either by a single event (e.g., impact, movement, light exposure), or a combination of events (e.g., light exposure + movement).

Perimeter Based Alerts: Geo-fencing alerts can be set so that movements outside a specified area, at a specified time, will generate warnings.

Automated Tracking: Location reports can be generated based on predefined and configurable intervals or parameters, without the need for the user to actively send additional commands.

Goods Protection: A built-in accelerometer will generate a wide range of automated notifications when protected assets or goods are moved or damaged.

Communication: Cellular connectivity for GSM networks (GPRS or optional 3G), while using both the SMS channel and the data channel. Supported bands are 850/900/1800 MHz. Optional support for CDMA and HSDPA networks.

TCP Connectivity: Support for the GPRS/1x TCP/IP networks by either staying online at all times, or coming online when a transmission is initiated.

DNS Support: Connection to a server by its host name.

Backup Server: Backup host name support if main server goes offliine.

Encryption: Protocol encryption to provide maximum security between the unit and the center.

Compact Protocol: Less than 70 bytes per messages enables very small bandwidth usage and saves communication costs.

Over-the-Air Commands: Firmware upgrades may be made to apply new features to units already deployed. Option to set periodic transmissions from the unit in intervals between 10 seconds to 5 days.

Internal Logging: Whenever a transmission has failed to be sent, the entire message is saved to memory for a later transmission. Up to 15,000 complete messages, including statuses, can be recorded this way.

GPS Receiver Location: Built-in GPS receiver allows real-time tracking and on-board location-based analysis.

Last Location Saving: The unit’s last location is saved, in the event GPS/GSM coverage fails.

† Airtime charges for Kylos GPS units will vary depending upon the device(s) and the service(s) selected. Contact BRW for further information.

* Other Starcom Systems’ monitoring and tracking products are also available, including: Tetis (intermodal shipping containers), WatchLock® (the Reporting Lock), Helios (vehicles), and Zeppos (tracking app for smartphones & tablets).


Kylos Kylos Compact Kylos Forever/Kylos Air
Operational -20°C to +60°C
Storage -40°C to +85°C
Operation Humidity Up to 90% Up to 100%
Measurement 75 x 62 x 31 mm, 75 grams 45 x 33 x 17 mm, 60 grams 165 x 35 x 40 mm, 200 grams
Cellular Communication
GSM/GPRS-default Quad Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Optional Modems UMTS/HSPA+, CDMA/1xRTT/EV-DO
Antenna type Built-in (concealed)
Data channels SMS & TCP/IP
Protocol Propriety – encrypted
Network Date GSM, GPRS and SMS
SMS Encrypted Protocol
Receiver & Antenna Internal
Protocol NMEA (Binary format)
Positioning accuracy 10m CEP (50%)
Velocity: 0.2m/s (50%)
Navigation Update Rate 1 second (Default)
All-in-View solution
Navigation method 2-Satellite solution, A-GPS
Time to First Fix (TTFF) Hot Start: 2 sec.
Warm Start: 10 sec.
Cold Start: 50 sec.
Antenna Built-In
CPU Capacity
Static RAM 128 Kb
Nonvolatile Memory 34 Kb
Flash Memory 2048 Kb
Light Accuracy/Sensitivity 0.025 LUX / 0 – 104, 448 LUX (Sunlight)
Temperature Accuracy/Range ±1.0°C / -20°C to +60°C
Accelerometer Type/Accuracy 3 Axis, 0.1g resolution
Barometer Resolution/Range ±1 hPa / 300 – 1100 hPa
Access Port
Type TTL (USB cable is available)


Kylos Kylos Compact Kylos Forever /
Kylos Air
Kylos Forever
Type Lithim-ion Lithim-ion Lithim-ion Lithim-ion
Power 3.7V, 1800 mAh 3.7V, 400 mAh 3.7V, 4500 mAh 3.7V, 5000 mAh
Access Port Type TTL (USB cable is available)
Power Consumption
Sleep/Idle 0.05 mAh
GPS only 75 mAh
GPRS only 100 mAh
GPS and GPRS 165 mAh
Battery Life
Transmissions Every 10 minutes Every 10 minutes Every 10 minutes Every 24 hours
Every 6 hours Every 6 hours Every 6 hours
Every 24 hours Every 24 hours Every 24 hours
Work Time 30 hours 10 hours 60 hours 3 years
45 days 13 days 90 days
150 days 45 days 300 days

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