New Information Services Product Will Help Manage Fisheries and Increase Safety

January 11, 2011 16:29

GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of superior satellite and aerial-based geospatial information and services, announced it has won a contract from the Republic of the Maldives for a vessel monitoring system that is being developed for fisheries management and safety. This information services project expands GeoEye's expertise and presence in location-based information products and services, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to GeoEye Inc.

As part of this contract, GeoEye will build the secure infrastructure for a countrywide vessel monitoring system and supply ten Osprey Personal TrackerTM 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."

Gregory Hammann, senior director, Marine Services Operations and Engineering at GeoEye, said, "Our cost-effective tracking and messaging solution is perfect for managing the large artisanal fishing fleets of the developing world. GeoEye welcomes the opportunity to build the vessel monitoring system for the Maldives."

The Osprey Personal Tracker terminals are manufactured by EMS Global Tracking and sold by GeoEye within the commercial and government fisheries sectors. These terminals report latitude/longitude (GPS) positions on a pre-programmed frequency using the Inmarsat global satellite constellation.

About GeoEye

GeoEye, Inc. is a leading international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products, services and solutions to customers around the world. In August 2010, GeoEye was named one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" in the United States. The Company has more than 700 employees dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial information products and services. GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. Additional information about GeoEye is available at www.geoeye.com.

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