Comsat Announces SafetyNet Service For Ships At Sea
—Literature Available Comsat Corporation's Maritime Services Division recently announced its intention to offer a new maritime safety broadcast system through its coast earth stations in Southbury, Conn., and Santa Paula, Calif. The announcement was made at a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The new system, called SafetyNet Broadcast Service, is a service of the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) that provides maritime safety information and distress alerts through Inmarsat's satellite system. Comsat is the U.S. Signatory to Inmarsat and its largest owner.
Comsat said the Inmarsat SafetyNet broadcast service is expected to be available in late 1989 to U.S. Government authorities to warn ships of marine hazards, provide storm warnings, and carry routine weather broadcasts and chart corrections. The SafetyNet service will use Inmarsat's new Standard C ship terminal technology with Enhanced Group Calling (EGC) features. This shipboard equipment is very compact, relatively inexpensive, and utilizes a small omnidirectional antenna. For further details and free literature on Comsat's new SafetyNet Broadcast Service,