To establish better communications with vessels at sea and monitor Indian waters more efficiently, NewSpace India Ltd, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is deploying Mobile Satellite Service Terminals (MSS) on at least one lakh motorized and fishing boats in 13 coastal states, said Officer.
NewSpace India has started selecting private vendors for the supply, installation and commissioning of MSS terminals for setting up ship communication and support systems in sea fishing vessels for surveillance, control and surveillance, it said.
“The overall scope of work of the project includes the establishment of a dedicated MSS Satcom network to support emergency communications and tracking of Xponders maritime assets.” This includes the establishment of a dedicated 9m/11mC band ground station and hub baseband system, organizing satellite bandwidth and maintaining necessary service permits, and building satellite terminals for field deployment in nine coastal states and four union territories,” the company’s proposal document reads.
The system is powered by India’s own navigation satellite system, NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), which was launched by Isro last month.
The network will consist of dedicated ground stations and satellite terminals for on-site deployment to provide greater safety for fishermen in Indian waters and enhance national security. These Xponders will be installed in coastal states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep and West Bengal.
Once the network is in place, authorities will be able to establish a two-way communications system with fishermen, regularly access locations, issue emergency weather alerts, issue alerts for violations of international water limits and also provide accurate navigational alerts, officials said.
“All Xponders have built-in WiFi and Bluetooth transceivers for communication. A multilingual app is also being developed to enable communication between the app and transponders,” an official said.