Intellian Technologies and Inmarsat Maritime have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a next generation GMDSS safety terminal.
The new terminal will be one the most technological advancements in safety services since the introduction of Inmarsat-C in 1991.
It will be designed for operation over Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band network and will become the standard Inmarsat Maritime product for the next generation Fleet Safety service.
It and will fulfil the requirements and performance standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), as part of a range of maritime SOLAS approved ship borne equipment including Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system and Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).
The new safety terminal will allow a digital era of safety services to improve both preventative and reactive communications.
The terminal features a distress chat function among its enhanced capabilities that will automatically alert the nearest Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in case of an emergency on board. It will also notify nearby vessels, creating a network of support during critical situations.
“We’re particularly proud of the development of this new GMDSS terminal and to have been entrusted by Inmarsat to develop this major innovation to their maritime safety portfolio,” said Eric Sung, Intellian Technologies CEO. “It’s a testament to our great partnership with Inmarsat, developing solutions that are innovative and reliable for customers all over the world.”
He added: “Our next-generation terminal that will vastly improve the safety of lives at sea for the 1.9 million seafarers and over 20 million passengers annually protected by the International Maritime Organization’s policies.”
Peter Broadhurst, senior vice president safety & regulatory at Inmarsat Maritime, added: “This development represents a significant milestone in enhancing the safety of seafarers and passengers worldwide, and it underscores Inmarsat’s commitment to providing innovative and reliable solutions for the maritime industry and protecting lives at sea.”