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Nearly 300 People Missing After South Korean Ferry Capsizes

More than 300 people are still missing after a ferry sank off South Korea. The ferry, Sewol, was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coastguard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry leaned heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea’s southwest coast.

exactEarth and SRT Announce New Small Vessel Tracking Technology

Cambridge, ON – April 14, 2014 –exactEarth Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has concluded a mutually exclusive agreement with SRT plc (SRT), to develop and commercialise technology that will for the first time enable low power AIS transceivers of the types being deployed on small commercial and leisure vessels worldwide to be tracked from space, thereby enabling global tracking. The agreement follows the memorandum of understanding between SRT and exactEarth which was announced on 9 May 2013.

AIS is a VHF technology primarily optimised and designed for high intensity terrestrial-based tracking with reliable range typically limited to approximately 50 nautical miles. High powered Class A type transceivers are able to be tracked globally by the existing exactEarth AIS satellite network, however due to a variety of complex reasons, transmissions from standard Class B and Identifier type devices cannot currently be reliably tracked from space. Since May 2013 last year, exactEarth and SRT have pooled their capabilities to develop a new technology called ABSEA™ which, when embedded within standard low powered AIS transceivers, enables their transmissions to be received by exactEarth satellites. This enables wide area extended tracking capability of small vessels fitted with ABSEA enabled transceivers and the provision of valuable supplementary AIS tracking data to existing terrestrial networks with incomplete and or standard coverage limits.

Seriously Ill Baby Girl Rescued from Stalled Sailboat in Pacific Ocean

A seriously ill baby girl stranded with her family nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean has safely boarded a San Diego-bound Navy ship following a daring rescue.

An elite, four-man team of Air National Guardsmen loaded 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman onto an inflatable raft early Sunday morning and ferried her to the USS Vandergrift, where sailors will care for her until they can reach a hospital.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Pings Relocated

The month-long search for the Malaysian jetliner received a tremendous boost when Navy ship, Ocean Shield, detected two more signals on Tuesday that most likely came from the aircraft’s black boxes. An analysis of the sounds detected in the same area on Saturday showed they were consistent with a plane’s black boxes. Angus Houston, head of a joint agency coordinating the search expressed hope Wednesday that the wreckage will soon be found.

The signals detected 1,645km northwest of Perth are the strongest indication yet that the plane crashed and is now lying at the bottom of the ocean in the area where the search is now focused. Still, Houston warned he could not yet conclude that searchers had pinpointed Flight MH370’s crash site.

exactEarth Bringing Interoperability to the Next Level at GEOINT

Members of the USGIF Modeling and Simulation Working Group and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have come together as part of their ongoing strategic partnership to demonstrate advances in establishing more agile geospatial data sharing and for simulation applications using open standards. exactEarth is very excited to be joining in this customized architectural environment at the upcoming GEOINT 2014 event to demonstrate how easily and rapidly users can integrate our exactAIS® data over the web between various processes, players and simulation applications.

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