ORBIMAGE Inc., provider of satellite imagery and geospatial information services, announced that its SeaStar Fisheries Information Service has released a new OrbBuoy product line. The low profile buoys are designed to be stealthy to avoid loss, but can easily be retrieved through the use of high- accuracy GPS positioning, two-way communications (via the INMARSAT D+ satellite network), and a user-activated high intensity recovery beacon.
Location information and control capability for each buoy is integrated in ORBIMAGE’s OrbMap(TM) software which allows the fishermen to see and track each buoy’s location on top of SeaStar ocean information maps.
Partnering with ORBIMAGE on the OrbBuoy line are Airborne Technologies, Inc. (ATI), an Alaska based company specializing in ocean remote sensing technologies, and SecTrack, a worldwide supplier of airtime and INMARSAT D+ modems with service through all four Inmarsat regions. ATI is providing expertise with the overall buoy design and assembly, while SecTrack is working with ORBIMAGE to provide the two-way messaging system for the buoys.