ORBCOMM, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has announced that it has extended its working partnership with the Government of Canada.
Exercising the option for another year on its contract through Canadian partner Maerospace, a supplier of maritime tracking solutions, ORBCOMM will provide Automatic Identification System (AIS) data for ship tracking and safe navigation efforts.
In addition to this, ORBCOMM will continue to help the Government of Canada monitor both Canadian and global marine traffic.
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Extending through 2020, the award of a new contract from the Government of Canada followed a competitive procurement process among providers and integrators of satellite-based AIS data.
Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s CEO, commented: “Through our partnership with Maerospace, we have secured the opportunity to provide the Government of Canada with our satellite AIS data service through 2020, which is a testament to the success of this project over the past two years.
“We look forward to continue providing Canada with comprehensive, reliable AIS data to improve the visibility, safety and security of vessel activity in and around their borders.”
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Eric Meger, Founder and CEO of Maerospace, also made a statement: “With the extension of our multi-year contract with the Government of Canada, we can continue supporting their efforts to improve maritime domain awareness and surveillance, customs and border protection, fisheries and environment monitoring as well as search and rescue efforts.
“By providing a global view of real-time and historical marine traffic, ORBCOMM and Maerospace can help Canada continue to fulfil its national security mission.”
According to ORBCOMM, its AIS service processes over 30 million messages from around 200,000 unique vessels per day, supporting the operations of governments and the company’s commercial partners.