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Pole Star SSAS unit upgraded

Pole Star Space Applications reports that it has released an upgrade to its DSAS Ship Security Alert System, featuring new hardware from SkyWave Mobile Communications.

The upgraded DSAS is designed to provide continuity of service and a smooth upgrade path for Pole Star SSAS customers, as well as future-proofing their investment by routeing data traffic via the IsatData Pro network.

The new SkyWave IsatData Pro service utilises the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation, also used to run the FleetBroadband service, to provide remote management and communication with mobile and fixed assets worldwide.

“Since first release in 2003, our DSAS product has established an excellent reputation as a sturdy and robust unit and proven itself to be very reliable in service,” said Pole Star product manager, commercial shipping, Paul Morter.

“A number of our clients have used this hardware in real-life threat situations and the equipment has always performed well. When we came to consider an upgrade it was critical to maintain the confidence of our customers as well as ensure that it met the requirements of SOLAS regulations.”

The DSAS redesign process required Pole Star to produce a unit that could be retrofitted with the minimum of disruption, working to the same physical footprint as previous models, with no requirement for re-cabling or other structural modifications.

That new unit has now completed IEC testing and received fresh classification society Type Approval.

Installation of the new DSAS can be performed by the ship’s crew and the upgraded system promises faster message delivery. The unit offers 5-6 days of independent battery back-up and an alarm signal in the event of a security alert.

“Pole Star wanted to be an early adopter of IsatData Pro technology and, effective from May this year, all our DSAS units will employ the new transceiver. This makes the new DSAS effectively a future-proof option for Pole Star customers,” said Mr Morter.

“And because the shore user will continue to operate fleets with a mixture of old and new DSAS hardware in the short term, the Pole Star DSAS web application will support both systems with no software upgrades necessary.”

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