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Beam Communications has launched a new satellite system for secure communication during pirate attacks

June 6, 2012

Beam Communications has launched a new satellite system for secure communication during pirate attacks.

The new Oceana 800 Covert Piracy Solution is designed to work with the Inmarsat satellite network on board vessels to alert authorities of pirate attacks.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange today, Inmarsat Marine Safety Head Peter Blackhurst says the system operates with Inmarsat’s FleetPhone service, ensuring ship captains and crews have access to communications, tracking and alert functionality during attacks.

“As with maritime safety, communications during piracy can literally be a lifeline,” Blackhurst says.

“This solution from Beam is a simple but effective covert deployment of the Inmarsat FleetPhone service that will offer some reassurances to captains and crews facing the threat of piracy.”

The beam Antenna is designed for covert placement to make it
harder to spot
and target during pirate attacks.

Beam managing Director Michael Capocchi says the piracy solution was officially launched at the Posidonia maritime event in Athens, June 4 -8.

“Safe and secure communication is extremely important for addressing the growing concerns of piracy attacks on both commercial and leisure vessels and Beam’s specialised anti-piracy communications solutions for the maritime market are certainly, meeting these needs,” he says.

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