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Orbcomm collaboration increases vessel visibility

Steve Rogerson
March 29, 2017



Orbcomm has collaborated with maritime technology industry companies Pole Star and Weatherdock to develop Hali, a class B tri-mode vessel tracking system that is said to ensure complete vessel visibility.
 
Hali combines terrestrial and satellite automatic identification system (AIS) data capability with two-way satellite M2M technology to deliver reliable vessel location data to small craft and fleet owners and operators, maritime authorities, and enforcement agencies, providing the actionable intelligence required to increase maritime safety, security and environmental compliance.
 
Hali includes tamper-proof AIS class B hardware that is attached to small vessels, such as pleasure craft and fishing vessels, to track their position at all times, in any location. The tri-mode device transmits reliable AIS data to land-based receivers along coastlines, to space-based satellite AIS receivers, and through New Jersey-based Orbcomm's entire two-way proprietary data satellite network, enabling small vessels to be tracked and accounted for anywhere in the world.
 
The Hali device also includes SOS functionality and can send a distress message, providing accurate positional data to facilitate search and rescue operations. The data are delivered to maritime customers in an easy-to-use and secure web-based platform, which can filter user-defined fleets, sub-fleets and ports as well as create detailed user permissions and custom zones.
 
In addition, the enterprise-grade Pole Star platform provides round-the-clock multi-lingual customer support.
 
"Pole Star's enterprise platform and API seamlessly combines three class B data sources into a single user interface to provide near real-time data, actionable intelligence and over-the-horizon visibility," said Julian Longson, managing director of UK-based Pole Star. "Our platform's unparalleled global coverage lets our customers know where Class B ships are in relation to security threats, risks and regulatory zones at all times so they can take immediate action if needed."
 
National agencies car improve search-and-rescue operations, enhance maritime domain awareness and increase surveillance of marine protected areas.
 
For fisheries, Hali enables regulatory compliance through AIS reporting requirements for fishing quotas as well as geo-fencing within exclusion zones, and mitigates risk and loss through increased safety and SOS alert capabilities.
 
"We've partnered with some of the maritime industry's leading technology experts to create a unique tracking solution that gives small vessels the protection and accountability they need to be safe and secure at sea, even in the harshest environments," said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm's chief executive officer. "Leveraging Orbcomm's two-way satellite M2M network augments Hali's coverage and reliability to provide our customers with a complete situational picture of global class B vessel activity."
 
Founded in 2003, Weatherdock is a privately owned German manufacturer of VHF-based tracking devices for maritime applications, including search-and-rescue transmitters and VMSTrack for coastal surveillance monitoring. Its products are distributed in more than 20 countries to customers including the German Navy, the Danish Navy, the Singapore Water Police and the Dutch Rescue Organization.
 
"The Hali device employs advanced wireless technology and provides a cost-effective, verifiable solution to create an environment of safety and security for small vessels and flag administrations alike," said Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, Weatherdock's chief executive officer. "We are proud to be part of this partnership, which offers the only vessel tracking of its kind for the maritime industry."
 
Hali will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2017.
 
Pole Star is a privately owned technology company that has been providing vessel monitoring, regulatory compliance and risk management services to the shipping industry since 1998.

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