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.
Inmarsat has announced that 16 July, 2007, will be the launch date for the company's new range of fixed line and handheld satellite phone services, with the maritime version of the product to follow in Q4 2007.
In a concurring opinion in the appeals court verdict on the Tricolor case, a US Circuit Court judge has called for a maritime equivalent of the air traffic control system to reduce the risk of serious collisions.
Disagreements between the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Harwich Havens VTS (vessel traffic system) station have led to the sudden closure of the navigational information system for a busy route into the River Thames.
Norwegian maritime software company ShipNet has been acquired by marine services group Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), for an undisclosed fee. ISS says that the deal will help it to enhance its own information technology capabilities and broaden its customer base.
The Norwegian government has been exploring the possibility of building a satellite that would be able to pick up AIS (automatic indentification system) signals far out from shore, well beyond the 40 nautical mile limit of Norway's current coastal AIS coverage.
Telenor Satellite Services has launched Terralink Secure Version 7.1, the first in a series of secure networking services designed to filter security attacks and unwanted internet content over satellite communications.
A new IT project designed to streamline the shortsea logistics chain has won almost Euro 2 million in funding from the EU's Marco Polo programme, with project leaders saying they are now "firmly underway".
Marlink is currently projecting a Q4 2007 release for its new VSAT@SEA line of global maritime broadband satellite services, which will, like other VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services, offer 'always-on' at sea connectivity at a fixed monthly rate.
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