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BCG virtual GMDSS simulator for Oregonian college

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG), an American provider of maritime training solutions, has announced that Clatsop Community College, in Astoria (Oregon), has recently purchased a series of Virtual Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (VGMDSS) simulators.

The system comprises six student stations and one instructor station. It replaces an older BCG GMDSS simulator.

The simulator supports voice communication using VHF and MH/HF radios, along with text communication using radio telex and Inmarsat satellite terminals. Additionally, the VGMDSS package supports NAVTEX, SART and EPIRB capabilities.

Voice communication between student and instructor is supported through Audio Amplifier hardware and Voice over IP software, both developed by BGC.

All simulated features of the system are controlled by the GMDSS Graphical User Interface (GMDSSGUI), including the ability to role play. The simulator also allows for the recording and playback of a training exercise.

When purchased with optional USB ‘dongles’, the system can be used on different computers; the same software can be installed on desktop computers in a classroom and laptop computers.

For exportable training, the dongles can be removed from the classroom computers and installed on the laptops, which can then be set up at any location.

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