COM DEV Establishes Subsidiary exactEarth to Offer Space-Based AIS Services Beginning in 2010



    
    exactAIS service will significantly enhance global maritime safety and
    security
    

    OSLO, Norway, June 10 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV) has
established a subsidiary company, exactEarth Ltd., for the purpose of offering
advanced space-based Automatic Identification System (AIS-S) data services to
competent maritime authorities around the world. exactEarth will launch its
first three AIS microsatellites, which are currently under construction in
Canada and Europe, and will begin providing its exactAIS(tm) service within
the year.
    Peter Mabson, President of exactEarth, unveiled the new company and
described its planned service offering at the Nor Shipping Conference in Oslo,
an event that annually attracts more than 20,000 members of the global
maritime community.
    "Our message today is that exactEarth is committed to becoming the
world's premier provider of space-based AIS data, and we are now open for
business," said Mr. Mabson. "We have spent five years developing, testing and
validating an advanced AIS-S technology that we believe outperforms any other
known system. In the coming months we will begin to roll out our space-based
AIS service capability, and will continue our discussions with potential
customers and regulatory authorities around the world on how this new advanced
capability can help meet their needs in the areas of search and rescue,
environmental monitoring, vessel traffic management and maritime security. The
exactEarth team of partners that is building this system already spans the
globe and we expect to add new partners in the coming months."
    exactAIS will require no changes to existing on-board vessel equipment or
procedures, and will provide customers with both standard and custom
interfaces to their existing AIS displays. Over 70,000 ships worldwide are
already equipped with Class A AIS transmitters, but the curvature of the Earth
limits reception of the signals to approximately 50 nautical miles for
terrestrial-based receivers. Collection of the transmissions from space will
offer countries unprecedented visibility into the activities of vessels
nearing or destined for their shores or travelling in environmentally
sensitive areas. The system is highly secure since all links starting from the
satellites all the way to the end users are encrypted and the data sets are
only provided to authorized competent maritime authorities.
    exactEarth is currently deploying the global infrastructure to support
the planned satellites, including multiple Earth stations, a secure data
centre, an operations centre and processing, analysis, archiving and
distribution software. These capabilities will be in place to support the
exactAIS service launch next year and are being deployed in partnership with
leading players in Europe, Asia and North America.
    exactAIS will achieve a high rate of detection through exactEarth's
patent-pending method of "de-colliding" the transmissions received
simultaneously from Class A AIS transponders on the many thousands of ships
that may be within a satellite's 5,000 kilometer field of view at any given
time. Furthermore, the polar orbit of the satellites will enable them to
provide coverage over the entire surface of the globe including the polar
regions.
    With trial data from selected areas available today, exactEarth plans to
expand exactAIS in phases beginning in the first half of 2010. Subsequent
phases of the service are expected to feature further improvements in update
rates as the exactEarth constellation incorporates additional satellites.
    Parent company COM DEV International Ltd. has already invested and
committed over CDN$30 million towards this venture and has allied with
strategic partners in Europe and Asia. COM DEV also has a supporting contract
from the Canadian Government to build an advanced demonstration microsatellite
called M3MSat (Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite) which
incorporates a second generation AIS payload and a Low Data Rate (LDR) payload
for maritime applications. This satellite is expected to be the most advanced
of its kind when launched in 2011.

    About exactEarth Ltd.

    exactEarth Ltd. (www.exactEarth.com) is a data services company that
leverages advanced microsatellite technology to deliver monitoring solutions
characterized by high performance, reliability, security, and simplicity.
exactEarth's initial service, exactAIS, is a global vessel tracking and
monitoring system based on a world leading space-based advanced AIS detection
technology. Based in Cambridge, ON, Canada, exactEarth is a subsidiary of COM
DEV International Ltd.

    About COM DEV

    COM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdevintl.com) is a leading global
designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. With facilities in
Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures
advanced products and subsystems that are sold to major satellite prime
contractors for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and
military satellites.

    This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from
results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions
that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications
markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market
acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer
procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general
economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially
different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.
    The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks
and the property of COM DEV Ltd. The exactEarth logos and the words exactEarth
and exactAIS are trademarks and the property of exactEarth Ltd. All rights
reserved.





For further information:

For further information: Peter Mabson, Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2262,
Fax: (519) 622-2158, peter.mabson@exactEarth.com; Jeff Codispodi, The Equicom
Group, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261, Fax: (416) 815-0080,
jcodispodi@equicomgroup.com; Christina Dupree Roos, Say PR and Communications
AS, Tel: +47 (99) 10 40 00, Fax: +47 (22) 444570, Christina@say.biz

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