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LuxSpace and KSAT sign MoU on Creating of Maritime Awareness Information from Space


Luxemburg, Tromsø - December, 2009 - LuxSpace of Luxembourg and KSAT of Norway have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces on the exploitation of space based AIS and Earth Observation (EO) data for the creation of maritime awareness information for institutional and private customers.

Based on the unique LuxSpace expertise in satellite AIS and KSAT's experience in delivery of operational EO based services the two companies will cooperate in the development of new products and services that combine the technologies and data sources for environmental monitoring, vessel traffic assessment and security related maritime observations.

"AIS and EO data form an ideal synergy, if you want to monitor vessels around the globe", underlined Jochen Harms, managing director of LuxSpace. "While we can identify almost all vessel above 299 GRT with AIS, EO data can be used to detect vessels without AIS on-board.

Jan-Petter Pedersen, Vice President of KSAT, highlighted that AIS can be used to identify vessels that potentially have caused oil spills that have been detected by EO data.

About LuxSpace:

LuxSpace is a Space System and Applications company, located at the Grand Duché of Luxembourg. LuxSpace is currently involved in various AIS related technology and application projects for EU, ESA and other clients. Moreover, LuxSpace is distribution partner of Orbcomm AIS satellite data to European customers.

About KSAT:

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) is a Norwegian enterprise, providing services based on data from polar orbiting satellites such as Telemetry, Tracking and Command services (TT&C), Global data dump services and Operational EO. Products and services include near real-time and off-line products and monitoring services. The company currently operates four ground stations in Tromsø, Svalbard (SvalSat), Grimstad, and TrollSat (Antarctica).

About AIS:

AIS or the "Automatic Identification System" is a technology embarked on all vessels above 299 GRT, which is used as anti-collision system. Many coastal countries have established shore based receiving stations to monitor the vessel traffic. However, the reach of these stations is limited to more or less 100 nautical miles.

Satellite AIS is a new emerging technology that provides a cost effective solution for monitoring vessel traffic and the individual positions of ships around the world. Such vessel monitoring information is of particular interest of ship owners and port authorities but raises also expectations to be useful for supporting maritime policy and the creation of maritime awareness information. 

Satellite AIS is considered as an add-on to the coastal stations that extends the vessel monitoring capability for safety and security aspects to a global scale for both the institutional and private sector.

For further information please contact Jochen Harms or Jan Petter Pedersen

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