exactEarth's latest satellite passes AIS payload performance testing

AIS Message Detection Rate sets new standard

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of global satellite AIS data services, has successfully completed the payload performance testing of its latest AIS satellite, exactView-1 (EV-1), which was launched into orbit in July 2012.  During the coming weeks, exactEarth will complete the remaining satellite commissioning activities and bring EV-1 into full commercial operation in November, as planned.

The polar-orbiting spacecraft was built under contract for exactEarth by SSTL in the UK and is the fifth deployed satellite in the exactView vessel monitoring satellite constellation. COM DEV Canada acted as prime contractor and COM DEV Europe(UK) supplied the advanced AIS transceiver payload for this mission.  EV-1 utilizes high-speed S-band and C-band communications to frequently downlink information to a number of ground stations around the world.

"We are delighted to announce that EV-1 has passed through the payload performance testing phase with flying colours, exceeding all our expectations in the process", said Peter Mabson, President of exactEarth.  "EV-1 was designed to be the most advanced AIS satellite built to date and during the testing phase it has lived up to that billing as we have witnessed a doubling of detection rates compared to any of our previous satellite AIS sensors.  We are excited with the prospect of making these data available to our customers in the very near future and providing a big step forward in maritime vessel detections from space. EV-1 is the product of exactEarth technology and investment - we see this as setting the gold standard for performance which we will continue with planned launches next year of the Canadian M3M satellite and an exactEarth AIS payload on the Spanish PAZ radar satellite"

About exactEarth Ltd.

exactEarth, based in Cambridge, Ontario, is a data services company providing the most advanced information on global maritime traffic available today.  Our premium service, exactAIS®, delivers an unrivalled view of the recognized maritime picture at a global scale. Offering fully secure data in a variety of industry standard formats and delivery methods, exactEarth's data provides real value for a wide range of operational maritime applications delivering operational efficiencies, enhancing security, safeguarding the environment, and assisting in saving lives.  For more information, visit our website at www.exactearth.com

SOURCE: exactEarth Ltd.

For further information:


Peter Mabson 
President, exactEarth Ltd. 
Tel: +1 519-622-4445 ext.5870 
peter.mabson@exactEarth.com

Craig MacPhail 
TMX Equicom 
Tel: +1 416-815-0700 ext. 290 
cmacphail@tmxequicom.com

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