ORBCOMM’s partner Kordia awarded contract by Australian Maritime Safety Authority

ORBCOMM, a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has announced the award of a multi-year contract with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through ORBCOMM’s partner Kordia Pty Ltd (Kordia).

The AMSA contract award, which was the result of a competitive bid among providers of space-based AIS data service, is funded for two years.

Based in Canberra, Australia, AMSA is responsible for promoting maritime safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment as well as providing a national search and rescue service.

ORBCOMM CEO Marc Eisenberg said: “We are pleased to announce the AMSA contract award through our partner and telecom industry leader Kordia, which further demonstrates our market leadership in providing the most comprehensive space-based AIS service.

“ORBCOMM’s AIS offering provides the best combination of quality and price available in the market today, and we look forward to working with our extensive network of channel partners to build on this momentum and expand our AIS service with new government and commercial customers worldwide.”

Kordia Group CEO Scott Bartlett said: “Kordia currently already provides the SOLAS (Safety of the Life at Sea) network – based out of Wellington, New Zealand, and Canberra, Australia – which is responsible for monitoring around a quarter of the world’s oceans.

"The awarding of the AMSA contract, in partnership with ORBCOMM, further extends our offering in the maritime space by enabling us to provide timely, reliable and cost-effective AIS data for one of the largest search and rescue regions of the world.

“We look forward to working with AMSA to facilitate maritime surveillance and intelligence, and in turn ensure safety of life at sea within the Australian continent and surrounding regions.”

Leveraging the bolstered capabilities of its advanced OG2 satellite network, ORBCOMM’s AIS service provides global coverage and latency and processes over 23 million messages from over 180,000 vessels per day, which is well ahead of all other AIS services.