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.
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has adopted a new system by Nimsoft to manage its IT infrastructure, including communications and search and rescue services.
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.
Technology giant Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement valued at approximately $260 million to acquire Enraf Holding B.V., a division of privately held Delft Instruments based in Delft, Netherlands.
Exmar Shipmanagement NV is to install the SeaWave Integrator system, by SeaWave and Iridium, for operational and crew communications aboard Exmar's fleet of 25 vessels.
Maritime GSM company Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW) has reported that Bank of Scotland (Ireland) has acquired a 10 per cent equity interest in the company, valuing Blue Ocean Wireless at approximately $48 million.
Software company SRO Solutions reports that it has successfully completed trials of its SRO Data Replicator (SDR) system, released last year, for US oil giant Chevron.
Two Swedish sailors were recently rescued from their life raft 55 miles northeast of Dover, UK, after Dover Coastguard was able to plot the position of their yacht using the radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS), and identify if there were any other vessels in the nearby area that could assist the casualties.
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