ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock launch Class B vessel tracking solution
Combines terrestrial and satellite AIS data with satellite M2M technology to ensure complete visibility for small vessels anywhere in the world
The Hali solution includes powerful, tamper-proof AIS Class B hardware that is attached to small vessels, such as pleasure craft and small fishing vessels, to track their location at all times, in any location. The tri-mode device transmits reliable AIS data to land-based receivers along coastlines to satellite AIS receivers and also through ORBCOMM’s proprietary two-way M2M data network of over 40 satellites, ensuring small vessels are always tracked and accounted for anywhere in the world. The Hali device also includes SOS functionality and can send a distress message instantly, providing accurate positional data to facilitate search and rescue operations. The critical data is delivered to maritime customers in an easy-to-use, 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 platform provides 24/7/365 customer support in 12 languages.
Currently, Hali is the only solution on the market to provide a comprehensive view of Class B vessel activity worldwide. The cost-effective and reliable solution enables flag administrations, such as the Coast Guard, to 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 geofencing 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.”
“Pole Star’s robust vessel tracking application seamlessly combines three data sources into a single platform to provide near real-time data, actionable intelligence and over-the-horizon visibility,” said Julian Longson, Pole Star’s Managing Director. “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.”
“The Hali device is enabled with 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 solution of its kind for the maritime industry.”
Hali will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2017. For more information, please visit www.hali-track.com or click here to schedule a meeting with the ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock team at the CABSEC-AMSEC trade show in Panama City, Panama from March 21-23, 2017.
About ORBCOMM Inc.
ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) is a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and the only commercial satellite network dedicated to M2M. ORBCOMM’s unique combination of global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, hardware, web reporting applications and software is the M2M industry’s most complete service offering. Our solutions are designed to remotely track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets in core vertical markets including transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil & gas, maritime, mining and government. In addition, ORBCOMM provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services for vessel tracking to improve maritime safety to government and commercial customers worldwide.
With nearly 20 years of innovation and expertise in M2M, ORBCOMM has more than 1.72 million subscribers with a diverse customer base including premier OEMs such as Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., John Deere, Komatsu Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as end-to-end solutions customers such as C&S Wholesale, Canadian National Railways, CR England, Hub Group, KLLM Transport Services, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Target, Tropicana, Tyson Foods, Walmart and Werner Enterprises. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.
About Pole Star
Pole Star is a privately owned UK technology company that has been providing vessel monitoring, regulatory compliance & risk management services to the shipping industry since 1998. From our headquarters in London, and via a network of offices located at key international hubs, we have earned a reputation as one of the leading providers of remote fleet monitoring, risk management, ship security, Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) and fisheries monitoring services. Find out more at www.polestarglobal.com.
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The company Weatherdock AG is a German stock corporation. Its shares are fully privately owned. The products of Weatherdock AG are developed and manufactured in Germany. Weatherdock is the market leader in terms of VHF based tracking devices for multiple applications, like Search and Rescue transmitters (S.A.R.T) for Marine application and VHF transmitters (vmsTRACK) for Coastal surveillance monitoring.
Founded in 2003 by three engineering educated industrial Managers, the products are meanwhile distributed in currently more than 20 countries. Prestigious customers for the products of Weatherdock are the Germany Navy, the Danish Navy, the Dutch Rescue Organization and many more known Authorities. The company was awarded in 2016 for being among the best 100 small and midsize companies of Germany, out of 12.000 applicants. www.easyAIS.com