CAMBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 17 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd., the data services subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), has established a major component of its ground-based infrastructure through a long-term agreement with Norway's Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT). KSAT will provide downlinking services at its Svalbard Satellite Station ("SvalSat") facility to capture data from exactEarth's planned constellation of AIS satellites.
Each exactEarth satellite will pass over Svalbard every 90 to 100 minutes. Located at 78 degrees north latitude, SvalSat is the world's only established commercial station capable of downlinking on every satellite orbit.
exactEarth's agreement with KSAT ensures that its customers will have up-to-date, reliable access to AIS (Automatic Identification System) data. SvalSat maintains around-the-clock staffing to service many of the world's leading satellite operators. The facility offers a high speed backhaul link via redundant fiber optic cables to transmit all data to exactEarth's data processing centre in Canada.
"Our agreement with KSAT offers us the best possible downlinking solution," said Peter Mabson, President of exactEarth. "We have established a long-term relationship with a world-leading service provider, while at the same time eliminating the need to construct our own ground-based antenna system. In addition, KSAT is an established provider of satellite based Earth Observation services such as oil spill detection and ice monitoring to the Norwegian and International markets so this strategic partnership will open up new opportunities for both companies."
Under the agreement, KSAT will build a dedicated tracking station, including an antenna system with a 7.3 meter dish, at its SvalSat site for use of exactEarth. In addition, KSAT will provide backup downlink capabilities using some of their existing antenna systems.
"We are excited to partner with exactEarth and to provide their ground station at SvalSat," said Rolf Skatteboe, President of KSAT. "exactEarth's space-based AIS solution will provide improved visibility into worldwide maritime traffic, and we look forward to playing a role in delivering that information to the global community. KSAT is the prime contractor for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) oil spill detection service, and adding real time AIS information is a logical next step in the development of this service."
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(TM), is a global vessel tracking and monitoring system based on world leading space-based advanced AIS detection technology. Based in Cambridge, ON, Canada, exactEarth is a subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd., a leading global designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems.
About KSAT AS
Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) (www.ksat.no) is a world leading commercial satellite services company. Situated in Tromso, Norway with ground stations in Tromso, Svalbard, Grimstad and the Antarctic, KSAT is ideally located for both TT&C, launch support, orbit support and near real time EO services. KSAT is also a leading provider of satellite based near real time earth observation services for oil-spill and ice monitoring as well as ship detection.
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. COM DEV International ("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.
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For further information: For further information: Peter Mabson, President, exactEarth Ltd., Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2262, peter.mabson@exactEarth.com; Jeff Codispodi, The Equicom Group, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261, email@example.com; Rolf Skatteboe, President, KSAT as, Tel: + 47 9119 8985, firstname.lastname@example.org