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As a market leader in control centre solutions, the Maritime organisation provides functionality that supports the needs of today’s rescue coordination and traffic management authority market segments, thus answering the needs of modern Search and Rescue / Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and the Navy. Leveraging two decades of experience within the maritime market and seventy years of mission-critical control centre solutions, Frequentis is ready to lead its customers through future evolutions of their communications and information management infrastructure as technology evolves and systems become more integrated.

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FREQUENTIS to provide maritime distress communication solution for South Africa

The first Frequentis coastal maritime system will be installed in South Africa for the South African Department of Transport through Telkom Maritime Services who will receive a Frequentis solution for a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The Frequentis System will replace the old coastal Maritime Distress Communications System (MDCS) and will service coastal waters, along a coastline extending for 2,800 kilometres.  Frequentis partner and Prime contractor for the project is South African company, AME Telecommunications. 

admin | 2017-07-03

Maritime Safety and Security Centre in Cuxhaven officially open - FREQUENTIS technology is on board

On February 9, 2017, the official opening took place in the presence of Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt, MdB, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany. Frequentis acted as the technical prime contractor and delivered its communication solution ASGARD, the entire IT solution, media technology and the dedicated furniture. In July of 2016 the go live took place, enabling the Maritime Safety and Security Centre a common communication and information solution to work together with all other authorities, which have been integrated into this centre.

admin | 2017-02-10

Ports of Jersey’s new vessel traffic service (VTS) is in operation

Frequentis was selected to modernise the Ports of Jersey’s control centre systems through a fully integrated solution and supported by a ten-year maintenance contract. With the Factory Acceptance Test in February, the first steps for the company’s first VTS deployment in the United Kingdom waters have been taken. Ports of Jersey signed off acceptance for its use in live operations in May 2016.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2016-08-02

KPN and FREQUENTIS Maritime sign Strategic Agreement for the

KPN Critical Communications develops and innovates continuously to align the market demand and increasing technical developments, offering a state of the art, future-proof and reliable service portfolio. KPN Critical Communications signed a strategic agreement with Frequentis for the Netherlands. This partnership confirms and strengthen the ambition of KPN Critical Communications to be and stay the provider of services in the maritime segment.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2013-11-28

The Swedish Coastal Radio Network gets SEK 50 Million Modernisation

The Swedish coastal radio network is a cornerstone of search and rescue activities in Swedish waters and is considered to be the mariner’s communication lifeline. The Swedish Maritime Administration is now investing some SEK 50 million to improve and modernise the system. The new Sweden-wide communications solution will utilise the Frequentis MCS 3020 IP system, a fully IP-based, open-architecture system complies in full with the EUROCAE ED-137B VoIP standard developed for the European aviation community. Frequentis will supply 55 operator working positions for 12 control rooms across Sweden, as well as over 300 IP-based VHF radios from JOTRON.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2013-08-05

Search and Rescue

In an emergency, operators must act fast and with precision during complex and data-intensive situations. The Search and Rescue solution helps operators by giving them precisely the information and workflow support they need via an intuitive, highly graphical interface. As a result, operators can make the right decisions rapidly and efficiently, backed by integrated GMDSS-compliant operations.

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The first few minutes in an emergency scenario are critical to the final outcome. In order to save lives, search and rescue operators must extract a clear view of the incident from the initial uncertainty and then use established collaborative workflows to take and manage appropriate actions. In most search and rescue control centres, diverse and siloed systems are a drain on efficiency and agility. Highly skilled operators – who have the optimal workflows in their heads – are forced to spend time and effort executing these workflows through inflexible tools. To empower operators to work effectively on their own, with local team members or with remote collaborators – including other organisations – control centre solutions should deliver a concise operational picture as soon as possible. They should also apply workflows without rigidly enforcing them, enabling operators to focus entirely on making timely decisions. The Search and Rescue solution addresses these challenges, providing consistent, fully integrated, dedicated systems that offer context-sensitive information and intelligent assistance to search and rescue operators via intuitive graphical user interfaces.

 

Workflow clarity and control for operators

By offering operators flexible workflow support, this solution allows them to focus on life-saving operations rather than managing diverse systems. Designed for deep at-a-glance understanding, the streamlined graphical screens bring the right information and tools to the user at the right time.

 

Keeping the operator in the driver’s seat

In many search and rescue control centres the proliferation of complicated and disconnected systems can make operators feel that their primary task is to serve the machines. The Frequentis solution is designed from the ground up to serve the operator – not vice versa. Dynamic operational assistance adapts the tools and menus according to context, putting the most likely options at the operator´s fingertips for fast and efficient decision-making.

 

Seamlessly integrated visual workflow

Turning data into actionable knowledge in an emergency situation, the solution presents the necessary information in a visually intuitive interface that is consistent and context-sensitive across all modules. Incoming and outgoing voice and data feeds are seamlessly converged to enable fast, clear communications at the click of a mouse. The solution offers various interfaces to cover the demands of today’s modes of communication. Selected information can be shared via social media channels to inform or to collaborate with the public.

 

Coastal Surveillance

Global developments have created new hazards, leading to fundamental changes in security requirements. Coastal regions are especially vulnerable to threats coming from the sea and require a higher degree of surveillance. Coastal countries have a growing interest in boosting safety and security as they control and protect their maritime domains. Information and communication must work seamlessly to face the challenges of modern-day maritime economy. A coastal surveillance system (CSS) gives a country the necessary survey, control and communication tools within its territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Maritime Communication System (MCS) for Coastal Surveillance Solutions (CSS)

The solution focuses on highly-integrated systems that use native network capabilities to enable national or international information and communication networks for coastal surveillance systems.

The Frequentis MCS CSS is based on the standardised MCS 3020 product family and is equipped with specialised functions and capabilities suited to the needs of CSS environments. Multi-centre and multi-base station design is the most important factor underpinning optimal MCS CSS functionality. The system also supports almost infinite voice resources. Each part of the system and each application (DSC, NAVTEX, radio remote control) is built for network usage.

A CSS uses different information layers: the sensor layer (inputs from such sources as RADAR, AIS, and optical or infrared devices), the network layer (an integrated backbone network) and the communication layer (an integrated platform for all communication technologies).

Client References

Ports of Jersey – Jersey

Port Authorities / VTS

Sea transport is the largest means of global goods exchange, with over 90% of world trade carried by the international shipping industry. Accordingly, maritime operations are of enormous economic importance and ports worldwide play a vital role in the value chain. However, the maritime economy is highly competitive and not all ports generate large revenues. Safety, efficiency and security become key factors on the path to financial success. To achieve these goals, highly capable systems are required.

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The port is a gateway to the world. Today, major ports are more than just mooring and berthing facilities for vessels to load and unload passengers and cargo; they are highly-complex logistics centres with robust infrastructures. Although the local distribution area is limited, there is a growing demand for integrating many different information and communication technologies within one port communication platform.

Small and local, but by no means old-fashioned

A modern, international sea or inland port typically focuses on local and internal communication needs and uses the latest communication technologies, such as VoIP, and state-of-the-art network equipment. Increased efficiency is provided by the use of an all-digital and fully integrated information platform, which can be accessed from any operator position, be it local or remote. A variety of sensors, such as radars, AIS stations, and communication radios, ensure that information is easily accessible, precise, and delivered in real time. In order to secure the highest possible system performance while keeping the upgrade and maintenance activity as efficient as possible, the system architecture incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, based on a modular design and open standards.

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Ports of Jersey – Jersey

Coastal Radio

Current communication needs are greater than ever before. On land, technologies such as mobile phones and the Internet are staples of modern-day voice and data exchange. But the environment mariners live and work in is quite different. The range and coverage of telecommunication technologies is limited to near the shore and the satellite solutions that are available to provide longer reach are prohibitively expensive for daily tasks. This is why mariners are forced to rely on conventional communication technologies, such as VHF, HF and MF.

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Powerful, nationwide control centre solutions for coastal radio and GMDSS systems, which combine numerous required GMDSS (such as DSC, NAVTEX, and MSI) and customer-tailored services in an intuitive and integrated way are the answer to these challenges. Thanks to their architecture, the solutions can be integrated into existing surroundings and cover multi-site scenarios, including mobile solutions. The very latest radio technology is connected to a highly-reliable communication centre, which forms a hub – allowing access to all the resources of a coastal radio network from one single point. Full remote control, monitoring and maintenance capabilities are concentrated in one location or in as many centres as needed. This technology provides the ideal communication and information solution for coastal radio environments, opening new horizons to provide maritime communication without limits.

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