US-based Orbcomm has developed a new Class B tri-mode vessel tracking solution known as Hali to provide reliable vessel location data to the maritime industry, in partnership with maritime technology specialist Pole Star and German company Weatherdock.

Hali is designed to provide complete vessel visibility by integrating terrestrial and satellite automatic identification system (AIS) data capability with two-way satellite machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

The new vessel tracking solution features tamper-proof AIS Class B hardware, which can be attached to small vessels, including pleasure craft and fishing boats to track their position at all times regardless of location.

The tri-mode device also transmits AIS data to land-based receivers along coastlines and space-based satellite AIS receivers, as well as through Orbcomm’s entire two-way proprietary data satellite network.

Hali features a sensor observation service (SOS) and is capable of sending distress messages using accurate positional data in order to facilitate search and rescue operations.

"Leveraging Orbcomm’s two-way satellite M2M network augments, Hali’s coverage and reliability provides our customers with a complete situational picture of global Class B vessel activity."

Additionally, the Pole Star platform will provide round-the-clock multi-lingual customer support to Hali users.

Orbcomm CEO said Marc Eisenberg said: “We’ve partnered with some of the maritime industry’s leading technology experts to create a unique tracking solution that gives small vessels the protection and accountability they need to be safe and secure at sea, even in the harshest environments,.

“Leveraging Orbcomm’s two-way satellite M2M network augments, Hali’s coverage and reliability provides our customers with a complete situational picture of global Class B vessel activity.”

Hali can be used by small craft and fleet owners and operators, as well as maritime authorities and enforcement agencies. It is set be commercially available by mid-2017.