AAC Clyde Space has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with ORBCOMM and Saab to develop the next generation of global maritime communication services based on a VHF Data Interchange System (VDES).
The parties, working together under a new brand called AOS, aim at both services for end customers and the safety of navigation services. The aim of the consortium is to create a global maritime communication network enabling ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication anywhere in the world.
The cooperation will include both ground and space demonstrations of selected applications, to help refine joint VDES efforts.
“I look forward to expanding our cooperation with Saab and ORBCOMM to realize our vision of creating the first dedicated maritime communication system, enabling great improvements for mariners and their loved ones, the shipping industry as well as our planet”, said AAC CEO Clyde Space. Luis Gomes.
Greg Flessate, ORBCOMM Executive Vice President and General Manager, Government and AIS, said: “ORBCOMM is excited to continue to advance its heritage and expertise of more than 20 years in VHF maritime space communications. . This is a natural evolution for ORBCOMM, from the pioneer of satellite AIS and now leading with two world-class organizations.ssuch as AAC Clyde Space and SAAB en VDES based in space. We especially look forward to working with our solution partners in our long-established maritime information ecosystem to develop value-driven business and government applications and use cases for VDES.
In the long term, the parties intend to create a global VDES communications network with low latency and high two-way bandwidth for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications anywhere in the world.