GeoEye, Inc. has won a contract from the Republic of the Maldives for a vessel monitoring system that is being developed for fisheries management and safety.
As part of the contract, GeoEye will build the secure infrastructure for a countrywide vessel monitoring system and supply 10 Osprey Personal Tracker™ terminals for a trial deployment.
GeoEye's vessel monitoring system will display vessel positions and consolidate fish catch reports from the Osprey terminals in near-real-time for review by fisheries management personnel at the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.
The vessel monitoring system also provides the customer with two-way text communication by satellite for both routine and emergency purposes. An integrated "panic button" on each Osprey unit will alert Maldives emergency services to vessels in distress. Vessel positions and messaging will be tracked securely through a comprehensive Web-based control system and database that will include satellite-derived oceanographic charts that GeoEye will update daily.
Adam Manik, director of the Fisheries Development Services section at the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, said, "GeoEye scored highest among the competing firms on their technical proposal and offered the most competitive price. We look forward to working with GeoEye to meet our project targets."
Osprey Personal Tracker terminals report latitude/longitude (GPS) positions on a pre-programmed frequency using the Inmarsat global satellite constellation.