In a significant move for maritime safety, Intellian Technologies, Inc., a global leader in satellite communications, and Inmarsat Maritime, a Viasat business, have joined forces. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a next-gen GMDSS safety terminal for Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band network.
This new safety terminal will become Inmarsat Maritime’s standard product for their upcoming Fleet Safety service. It will meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements and performance standards, serving as part of approved ship equipment, including GMDSS, LRIT, and SSAS systems.
Intellian’s GMDSS terminal is a major step towards improving safety for the 1.9 million seafarers worldwide. It’s a significant advancement in safety services since Inmarsat-C’s introduction in 1991. This terminal enables a digital era of safety services for better proactive and reactive communications.
Beyond providing reliable access to Fleet Safety services and an innovative Maritime Safety Information interface, the terminal also boasts a Distress Chat function. This function automatically alerts the nearest Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in emergencies, ensuring a swift, coordinated response. It also notifies nearby vessels, creating a support network during critical situations.
Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian Technologies Inc., expressed pride in this development, highlighting the collaboration with Inmarsat. It’s a testament to their partnership’s ability to create innovative, reliable solutions for seafarers and passengers worldwide.
Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety & Regulatory at Inmarsat Maritime, emphasized the importance of this collaboration in enhancing maritime safety and reaffirmed Inmarsat’s commitment to innovation and safety at sea.