May 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The commercial sea port
of Port au Prince, Haiti
now boasts an advanced vessel tracking and communications system, designed to
aid port management and international relief organizations. The identification
and second-by-second position, course and speed of any ship within tens of
kilometers of the port is presented to Haitian port operators and relayed to
the US DOT / Volpe Center Maritime Safety and Security Information System
(MSSIS) server. The MSSIS server delivers Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) from
around the world and enables the Navy and the Haitian port authority to
expertly manage vessel traffic, making the receipt of relief supplies and
regular Haitian maritime trade safer and more efficient.
The vessel tracking system was donated to the Haitian Port
Authority by an industry team of network and communications product
manufacturers and service providers. Digi International donated a Connect WAN
3G cellular router, ORBCOMM and T-Mobile USA provided free wireless services,
and L-3 Aviation Recorders donated a PROTEC Automated Identification System
(AIS) Transceiver. The Digi router links the L-3 AIS transceiver via high-speed
T-Mobile cellular data to the MSSIS server.
"Our goal of establishing systems, technologies and
procedures in the opening of the Port au Prince port is a critical task,"
said Captain Andy Bjork, U.S. Navy. "The team helped us by providing the
remote network equipment and installation support. Now the Haitian Port Authority
can operate with higher effectiveness and efficiency, a tremendous benefit as
the country rebuilds."
"We are pleased to provide assistance in any way
possible to aid the Haitian people," said Steve Mazur, director of
government sales, Digi International. "The U.S. Navy faced a challenge in
opening and managing the Port au Prince port, and we are happy to have made
that process easier."
About Digi International
Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing
reliable products and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote
electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest
levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products
through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's Web
site at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.
SOURCE: Digi International
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