New Data Safety Service for Inmarsat FleetBroadband

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Friday, August 08, 2014
Logo

 

Supported by European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Inmarsat’s forthcoming Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for FleetBroadband, delivers an increased data capability over the Inmarsat-4 network, including the Alphasat satellite, providing global coverage and the same reliability of over 99.9 per cent associated with the Inmarsat network.

Added Features

MSDS will continue to offer distress alerting, priority messaging and SafetyNET safety information broadcasts, but also deliver greater data capability than is currently available with Inmarsat C safety services.

Other additional features include:
*Content-rich applications
*Chart updates
*Ability to co-ordinate rescue operations by email as well as voice calls
*Telemedicine
*Distress chat - an instantaneous chatroom function between multiple vessels and maritime rescue coordination centres
*A new-style maritime safety terminal (MST) developed by Cobham SATCOM
*All data accessed over MSDS to be captured and stored at new servers.
 
Peter Blackhurst, Head of Maritime Safety Services at Inmarsat states, "Inmarsat has set the standard for maritime safety since its inception in 1979 and we remain the only satellite operator to gain International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliance with our legacy Inmarsat C and Fleet 77 safety services.

"The introduction of new data safety services over FleetBroadband has been one of our long term goals and the new system, together with Voice Distress, will ensure that we can continue to enhance safety communications and help save lives at sea not only for now but long into the future.

"We are currently working closely with the IMO to bring our new service to market with the aim of eventually gaining SOLAS approval for both FleetBroadband data and voice Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services."

"The satellite business doesn't stand still. Developments are going to continue to enhance capabilities month on month, let alone year on year, so we should expect further enriched safety services in the future," Peter added.

"Everything comes to its life's end and while the Inmarsat C service is still very competent and it will continue well into the 2020s and beyond, despite being over 20 years old, we would ultimately like to see MSDS accepted as the natural successor to deliver SafetyNET."

The launch date for MSDS is subject to the IMO approval process for SOLAS ships but it is anticipated that non-SOLAS versions will be available well in advance, with a prototype expected in 2014 and a ready-to-market terminal planned for Q2 2015.

Please visit Inmarsat’s Maritime safety page for further information:  http://www.inmarsat.com/service/maritime-safety/

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

LNG Vessel with Wartsila Integrated Solutions Delivered to Evergas

The first in a series of 27,500 cbm 'Dragon' class vessels ordered by Evergas, a world renowned owner and operator of seaborne petrochemical and liquid gas transport vessels,

Executive Changes at Transocean

Transocean Ltd. today announced that, as mutually agreed with the company, Esa Ikaheimonen is stepping down as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately.

Fugro Extends Contract with McDermott

Fugro has been awarded a three-year extension to its existing contracts with McDermott Middle East, Inc. The contract covers the provision of survey, positioning,

Marine Electronics

KVM for Ships, Harbors and Offshore

With the increasing application of IT installations in maritime environments, the requirements for optimized operation increase as well. KVM technology said it

UKHO ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminars at Nor-Shipping

Seminar to include information on updated IHO ENC Standards   The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the details of its free-to-attend ECDIS Seminars at Nor-Shipping,

NSA Chief Urges 'Safe' Internet Under Equivalent of Law of the Sea

The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea,

Maritime Security

Coast Guard Foundation Hosts Annual Tribute

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

John Warner Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials

A Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner has successfully completed an initial round of sea trials,  reports UPI.   The U.S.

NSA Chief Urges 'Safe' Internet Under Equivalent of Law of the Sea

The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea,

Maritime Safety

Coast Guard Foundation Hosts Annual Tribute

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that

NSA Chief Urges 'Safe' Internet Under Equivalent of Law of the Sea

The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea,

Communication

WTO Launches Dedicated Website for new TFA Facility

The TFAF was created at the request of developing country and least-developed country (LDC) members to help ensure that they receive the assistance needed to

NSA Chief Urges 'Safe' Internet Under Equivalent of Law of the Sea

The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea,

Azevêdo Visits 3 S.E. Asian Countries

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo of World Trade Organization wrapped up a three country visit to Malaysia (19-20 May), the Philippines (21-24 May) and Singapore (25 May) today,

SatCom

Threats to Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Originally developed to guide Allied convoys safely across the Atlantic, the use of synchronized low frequency radio signals as a navigational aid revolutionized

Huawei Bags MCT Submarine Cable Contract

Huawei Marine has signed a system design and construction agreement with a consortium comprising Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Symphony Communication and Telcotech

Inmarsat 3rd Global Xpress Satellite's Launch Delayed

Inmarsat has provided an initial update on the launch schedule for Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) following the failure of the preceding Proton Breeze M launch from

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0332 sec (30 req/sec)