Beam Communications has launched two new satellite maritime communication systems: PotsDOCK Extreme Covert Piracy Solution and Oceana 800 Covert Piracy Solution, which were designed to provide uninterrupted communication during a pirate attack.
The PotsDOCK solution operates with the Iridium satellite network, while the Oceana 800 functions on an Inmarsat network.
Beam’s new PotsDOCK Extreme Covert Piracy Solution uses the Iridium Extreme satellite handset and the company’s covert antenna system to offer a dedicated system for a safe room or citadel on a vessel.
Iridium executive vice president global distribution channels Greg Ewert said, "It not only works everywhere off the global, reliable Iridium communications network, but it is specially designed to enable connectivity for vessels in dangerous situations."
The Oceana 800 operates with the Inmarsat FleetPhone service, which has an antenna that can be placed covertly on the vessel without getting spotted and targeted prior to an attack.
According to the company, necessary communications on the vessel, like the ability to alert authorities in the event of a piracy attack, can be maintained using the system even if all power and communication equipment has been destroyed by pirates.
Captain and crew of the vessel will be provided with access to voice communications, tracking and alert functionality from the system, which couples the Iridium Extreme handset and the Beam Extreme PotsDOCK.