ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has collaborated with maritime technology industry leaders Pole Star and Weatherdock to develop Hali, a Class B tri-mode vessel tracking solution that ensures complete vessel visibility, the company said.
Hali combines terrestrial and satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data capability with two-way satellite M2M technology to deliver reliable vessel location data to small craft and fleet owners & operators, maritime authorities and enforcement agencies, providing the actionable intelligence required to maximize maritime safety, security and environmental compliance.
The Hali solution includes powerful, tamper-proof AIS Class B hardware that is attached to small vessels, such as pleasure craft and fishing vessels, to track their position at all times, in any location.
The tri-mode device transmits reliable AIS data to land-based receivers along coastlines, to space-based satellite AIS receivers, and also through ORBCOMM´s entire two-way proprietary data satellite network, enabling small vessels to be tracked and accounted for anywhere in the world.
The Hali device also includes SOS functionality and can send a distress message, providing accurate positional data to facilitate search and rescue operations. The data is delivered to maritime customers in an easy-to-use and 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 enterprise-grade Pole Star platform provides 24/7/365 multi-lingual customer support.
ORBCOMM provides solutions that can 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.
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.
Founded in 2003, Weatherdock AG is a privately owned German manufacturer of market-leading VHF-based tracking devices for maritime applications, including Search and Rescue Transmitters (SART) and vmsTRACK for coastal surveillance monitoring.