The Galaxy Sentinel — for Safety and Confidence at Sea
To ensure vessel safety at sea, reliable communications are essential. To this end, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved the use of the robust Inmarsat-C technology for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). With the introduction of the Galaxy Sentinel, Trimble now offers a complete Inmarsat-C GMDSS solution that enhances confidence on board by combining Trimble GPS with Inmarsat-C and a messaging computer, all in a single, easy to install enclosure.
So what is GMDSS?
Provisions of the GMDSS include distress alerting, search and rescue coordination, and dissemination of maritime safety information, which includes weather reports and rescue coordination communications. All passenger ships and commercial vessels greater than 300 gross tons engaged in international voyages must comply with the GMDSS requirements.
The innovative Galaxy Sentinel is an integrated safety and communications package that takes advantage of Trimble's world-class engineering, system integration, and satellite technology. The Galaxy Sentinel solution has also been fully type-approved to the stringent Inmarsat CN114 requirements.
What is Inmarsat CN114?
Inmarsat-C, the choice for GMDSS
Inmarsat-C is a global satellite communications system supporting mobile messaging services for maritime and land mobile users. The IMO specified Inmarsat-C as a requisite GMDSS technology because of its global coverage, reliability, versatility, and low cost.
Through a worldwide network of 44 Land Earth Stations (LESs), Inmarsat-C users may access the network from nearly anywhere in the world. Messages may be sent from the ship to TELEX, e-mail, computer (PSDN), and fax destinations. Vessel-to-vessel and shore-to-ship communications are also supported. Inmarsat-C also supports SafetyNET services, which enable users to receive world-wide safety and weather broadcasts at no cost.
Integrating GPS and Inmarsat-C
The integration of GPS and Inmarsat-C enables shipping managers to monitor their fleets no matter where they are operating, using the Inmarsat-C position reporting capability. Position and time stamps may also be appended to Inmarsat-C messages. Trimble is the world leader in GPS technology, which has been incorporated as a standard feature in every Trimble Galaxy Inmarsat-C product shipped.
Unique product design and easy-to-use software.
Trimble also offers a full range of GMDSS type-approved peripherals and accessories, including printers, a remote alarm panel, and an AC/DC power supply to address all your safety and messaging needs at sea. The Galaxy Sentinel offers users plug-and-play operation, through its pre-loaded messaging software. Once installed users need only switch on the power to begin using the system. The Galaxy QuickSend user interface is easy to learn and use, with only one screen needed for sending and reviewing new messages. Simple commands enable users to efficiently perform communications operations with ease.
The advantage of Trimble GPS at sea.