Satellite and aerial-based geospatial services provider GeoEye has announced that it was won a contract to install a vessel monitoring system in the Maldives, “for fisheries management and safety.”
The trial of the nationwide system will involve 10 Osprey Personal Tracker terminals, devices used for managing individuals and fleets in remote and hazardous regions. The terminals report latitude/longitude (GPS) positions on a pre-programmed frequency using the Inmarsat global satellite constellation.
The company said the system would 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.
In a statement from the company, Director of the Fisheries Development Services section at the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture Adam Manik said that GeoEye “scored highest among the competing firms on their technical proposal and offered the most competitive price.”
Gregory Hammann, senior director, Marine Services Operations and Engineering at GeoEye, said, “Our tracking and messaging solution is perfect for managing the large artisanal fishing fleets of the developing world.