McMurdo develops new satellite communications system for workboat industry


McMurdo, a part of Orolia Group, has developed a new global satellite communications system, OmniCom, to provide fleet management and vessel monitoring solutions for the workboat, commercial fishing and artisanal fishing industries.

Scheduled to be launched over the next six months, OmniCom integrates global satellite coverage for constant communications to and from remote vessels, with McMurdo’s fleet management software, PRISMA Connect.

This will enable vessel tracking, two-way messaging, asset / document management, and automatic identification system (AIS) display services.

"OmniCom is McMurdo’s newest satellite communications system, continuing our dedication to developing robust, reliable and low-cost satellite solutions."

Offering 3G cellular coverage and speed, the newly developed system uses an Iridium Satellite Network, which provides coverage including the polar regions.

In addition, McMurdo OmniCom includes least-cost routing, which help in the better management of communications expenses by automatically switching from an Iridium satellite to low-cost cellular when available. 

McMurdo safety and security systems senior director Jacob Blankenship said: “McMurdo has a long history of leadership enabling owners and operators of offshore service, inland waterway transportation and coastal workboat vessels to run their companies more efficiently, safely and profitably.

“Maintaining communications between shore-side operations and working vessels is critical for day-to-day operations, compliance and staying competitive.

“OmniCom is McMurdo’s newest satellite communications system, continuing our dedication to developing robust, reliable and low-cost satellite solutions for fleets in all regions and of all sizes and complexity.”

The company, which also offers fleet management services, currently provides round the clock customer service.

McMurdo further designs, builds and services the entire integrated system of OmniCom.

In September this year, the company unveiled a new family of emergency position indicating radiobeacons (EPIRB) in order to help the search-and-rescue process.