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Ingenu network monitors fisheries

Steve Rogerson
April 11, 2017



IoT connectivity company Ingenu will be enabling Orolia’s McMurdo Omnicom solar fishing beacon to assist in vessel communications and fisheries monitoring. Serving the global fishing industry, it will use RPMA (random phase multiple access) connectivity to enhance vessel safety, prevent illegal harvesting, and protect national interests and dedicated economic zones.
 
The beacon powered by RPMA technology is suited to address the needs of the global fishing industry, as it provides long-range, robust, secure network connectivity to maritime vessels. With a range of up to 50km from the device to the shore-based RPMA access point, the beacon functions as a search and rescue distress device and provides location services, broadcast and two-way communications.
 
Significantly, RPMA adds a high level of security to the communications network, making it difficult to spoof or jam. This is an advantage over technologies such as AIS (automatic identification system).
 
“The global availability of RPMA technology make this ideal for fisheries from Angola to Peru,” said Ted Myers, chief technology officer at Ingenu. “With RPMA, Orolia can serve the entire market with just one device, enabling a compelling use case for vessel monitoring across the world.”
 
In many of the world’s maritime regions, protection of natural resources is crucial to a country’s economic prosperity, with well over half of the world’s seafood exported from developing countries. Artisanal vessels, which operate in these areas, are difficult to monitor and protect due to lack of sufficient communications technology. As a result, governments and leaders in these regions are implementing programmes to protect citizens and resources, while enhancing safety and security in national waters.
 
Orolia provides positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems to improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations.
 
“We are pleased to partner with Ingenu to enhance the functionality of this important safety and monitoring solution,” said Jonas Olsen, chief strategy officer at Orolia. “The attributes of RPMA provide the Omnicom solar fishing beacon with extended range and data capabilities at a significantly lower cost than existing technologies. As the world’s leading provider of resilient PNT systems, including maritime management infrastructure, we understand the needs of this industry, and we are excited to bring this powerful solution to the market.”
 
Ingenu is building the Machine Network, an IoT network dedicated to LPWA connectivity for machines.