New VTS system launched for SA marine market

By Bobby Jordan
Thu Oct 12 2017, 17:35 PM

ORBCOMM’s new system is suitable for both leisure and commercial applications

US-based communications system company ORBCOMM has announced a new Vessel Tracking and Monitoring System (VTS) designed specifically for the South African marine market.

The system was designed in collaboration with global navcom specialists Radio Holland and South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). It is intended to replace an outdated system currently in use, and is compliant with DAFF's legislative requirements of a system with 'real-time, always-on coverage'.

Responding to IBI queries the company said the new system would have application for both the commercial and leisure sectors. It allows boat owners to track their vessels in real time, and is available as an Internet-based solution or mobile app.

“We have a comprehensive stack of hardware that services the VTS vertical covering both GSM, Dual Mode as well as Dedicated Satellite solutions,” the company said in a written reply. “ORBCOMM’s product specialist provide prospective customers with advice on which hardware to select based on their individual requirements.”

“The leisure trade is not governed by DAFF, but as the leading authority in all matters Marine, we are one of only a handful of suppliers that has their equipment and solutions verified by ICASA, VSS and DAFF, covering multiple regulatory bodies in South Africa.

“We believe that the leisure market benefits from the extensive product development and testing done to satisfy the stringent safety requirements set by our enterprise customers,” the company said.

In a press release earlier this month, the company's head of sales in Africa, Henry Smith, said: “We have pending contracts with leading players in this industry, all based in Cape Town, on the table.”