Vizada (formerly France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications) is to begin offering Thuraya GmPRS (Geo mobile Packet Radio Service), a service which allows users to browse the internet, use e-mail, download and share files (FTP), and set up a VPN (virtual private network), all with a single Thuraya handset.
UK based Marine Software has supplied Bay Ferries with its MPS Marine Purchasing system for Incat hulls 046, 059 and 060, along with motor vessels 'Holiday Island', 'Confederation' and 'Princess of Acadia'.
Eidesvik Offshore ASA, working with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and a number of other companies, has been granted sponsorship from the Research Council of Norway to develop the first ship to be fuelled up on natural gas.
Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has developed a new ships' power system called 'Siharbor', based on its DC transmission system Siplink, which enables ships berthed in port to be connected to the medium voltage network of the local power supply company and supplied with electricity.
KVH Industries, which recently announced the launch of its new 'mini-VSAT' and an upgraded version of its satellite TV system, has reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007, showing a 6 per cent increase in revenues compared to Q2 2006. Revenues for the period were $23.2 million, with net income totalling $1.5 million.
Representatives of the EU and the US are poised to reach an agreement that will see American GPS and the Europeans? proposed Galileo positioning system use the same transmission frequencies, in a cooperative framework that would allow a single receiver to use both systems at the same time.
KVH Industries has introduced its new mini-VSAT Broadband service, with a 24-inch (60 cm) antenna that uses spread spectrum technology to offer Ku-band services at shore-to-ship speeds up to 2 Mbps and ship-to-shore up to 512 kbps.
BMT Group has signed an agreement to use SimPlus simulation technology in the US and European markets. SimPlus, a Singapore-based company, specialises in operations intelligence and software for marine port operations.
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