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ORBCOMM has expanded its portfolio of onboard vessel IoT systems to include LoRa WAN (LoRa) technology. Through a partnership with Net Feasa, a global IoT service provider based in Dingle, Ireland and Sunnyvale, CA, ORBCOMM has deployed the first commercially available solution using LoRa technology to monitor containers onboard vessels for a large global shipping line.

UK based StratumFive has signed an agreement with Inmarsat to join the fast-growing group of Certified Application Providers connecting with Inmarsat’s Fleet Data service.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:14

Danelec and Veracity combine digital strengths

Danelec Marine and Veracity by DNV GL have entered into a pilot agreement to combine the strengths of DanelecConnect’s onboard data capture capabilities and Veracity’s ecosystem and platform architecture.

Container ship Malik Arctica, part of the Royal Arctic Line (RAL) fleet has achieved a 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption by installing Frugal Technologies’ intelligent IoT technology. As a result, RAL intends to install the system on more ships in the fleet.

Iridium Communications has announced commercial availability of its newest standalone asset management device, Iridium Edge Pro.

Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:49

A giant leap forward for maritime IoT

Author: Andrew Loretta, director, maritime business development for ORBCOMM.

We are proud to be a part of the recently announced partnership with AAC Clyde Space AB and SAAB AB that is ushering in a new era in maritime communications through the development of the next generation of a space-based very high frequency (VHF) Data Exchange System (VDES). As the maritime industry embraces digitalisation, we expect a greater emphasis on secure data exchange and ship to shore communication—and we look forward to facilitating this shift in operations through our technology in conjunction with our partners.

As long-term providers of automatic identification system (AIS) solutions and a touchpoint for space-based maritime data, we at ORBCOMM relish the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits that the significantly increased bandwidth that VDES will offer not just our maritime customers but the supply chain as a whole.

With up to 32 times more bandwidth than currently offered by AIS and two-way communication, the ground-breaking new system is the next natural step for satellite technology and will allow users to completely rethink the way they manage their fleets. VDES bridges the gap between ship and shore in a way that the industry has been crying out for.

One of the changes we are most excited about is how innovators now have an open playing field to craft interesting technical solutions specifically for the maritime world without having to scale back their imaginations to match the limited accessibility. The sky is literally the limit once these new satellites come into play and we are keen to work with newcomers and support existing companies with bringing their visions to life so that they can propel this industry forward.

We have already seen how our AIS data is used not just for real-time vessel and asset tracking, but also as a base line from which interesting insights can be drawn about the global fleet. A good example is a recent article by maritime expert and Navigate PR director Bill Lines, who used our partner Marine Traffic’s data in conjunction with information from the Baltic Exchange to create a snapshot of tanker operating expenses.  

We already know that VDES can be integrated with existing vessel systems and we are keen to see how ship operators, managers and equipment manufacturers will use this data highways to improve navigation, boost safety, enforce regulations, reduce emissions via fuel consumption, and improve on-board decision making by delivering data-driven insight.

Work on the project begins next month when AAC Clyde Space will begin manufacturing the satellite that will boast a VDES payload from Saab. We expect to complete the in-orbit VDES capability demonstration of the first EPIC 3U satellite in the first quarter 2023 and are happy to say that ORBCOMM customers can expect to receive AIS data from the new satellite and so will benefit from the project as it comes on line.

As a larger constellation of VDES satellites is contemplated, we look forward to being the conduit for better-quality data in larger quantities. Our considerable IoT experience puts us in a prime position to reap the benefits of the technology as it evolves, and we are excited to work with our partners and guide them on the best path to maximize the benefits of using VDES technology.

To learn more about the project, we encourage you to watch this video, which features Greg Flessate, ORBCOMM senior vice president and general manager for Government, AIS and Business Operations, as well as AAC Clyde Space chief executive officer Luis Gomes and Saab’s Christer Fuglesang being interviewed by Rachel Carroll, president and managing partner at Edison.

Friday, 04 September 2020 10:33

BV completes trial of remote surveys

Bureau Veritas (BV) in Singapore, in collaboration with Nokia and Sembcorp Marine, has successfully completed remote surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic that pave the way for establishing a new class procedure for the remote inspection of vessels under construction.

Gizat Global Communication has signed an agreement with Aura Air to bring an innovative smart air purity solution to the maritime market in a bid to tackle pollution and the spread of bacteria onboard ships. The solution has proven a 99.9 per cent effectiveness against COVID -19.

Iridium Communications has announced six beta partners for its newest out-of-the-box satellite IoT device, the Iridium Edge Solar.

Maritime technology company Navisense and towage operator Svitzer have teamed up to make port towage services more efficient and sustainable.

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