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China Sea Race boats - we can see you!    
Wed, 12 Apr 2006

Pole Star Space Applications and Skywave Mobile Communications delivers a satellite tracking solution for RHKYC China Sea Race 2006

For the first time, shore-based fans of the 2006 China Sea Race located anywhere in the world will have the opportunity to follow the action online thanks largely to Pole Star Space Applications and their 'Purplefinder' web based tracking and monitoring system.

Race enthusiasts can go to www.rhkyc.org.hk/chinasearace/purplefinder.htm
to receive updates every two hours during the race. Pole Star has equipped each of the racing boats with SkyWave’s dependable DMR200 satellite transceivers so theycan be tracked anywhere and anytime.

Pole Star’s positional data is managed through its web-based Fleet Management
System, powered by PurpleFinder, originally developed in conjunction with BP
Shipping. It utilises various satellite transceiver hardware models to provide either a basic entry level unit for those seeking minimum functionality or a more sophisticated model incorporating more features, such as integrated battery backup, to a fully-fledged vessel tracking system incorporating marine chart mapping with zoom capability and global weather forecasting.

A significant benefit of Pole Star's Purplefinder solution is the increase in safety for the boats involved should they lose radio contact or retire from the race, enabling race participants to focus on the challenges of the China Sea Race. The Purplefinder system allows race organisers to Poll any of the boats to receive a real time position report should there be any type of emergency.

Pole Star provides its customers with solutions that enable them to monitor and manage their assets in remote and hostile environments: Purplefinder is generally associated with the commercial marine sector and the supply of Ship Security Alert systems (SSAS) and Fleet Management solutions.

However 'Pole Star is not new to the leisure marine market', explains Shayne Gent, Pole Star’s Asia Pacific Sales Manager. 'We have a number of Yacht Management companies as customers, including Fraser Yachts Worldwide, Horizon Yachts and Yachting Partners International. We supply them with a simple and effective means to track their assets in a reliable manner. We also supply solutions for land and aeronautical sectors.'

'We are very excited to be involved in the RHKYC’s 2006 China Sea Race and we
are pleased to be able to offer our Purplefinder solution for this year’s event. We wish all of the 27 competing boats the best of luck and safe sailing.'

Pole Star Space Applications Ltd
Tel UK: +44 20 7313 7400
Tel HKG: +852 22972306
www.purplefinder.com

About Pole Star
Pole Star Space Applications Ltd provides satellite-enabled asset-tracking systems; ship security alert systems (SSAS); tracking products; fleet management systems; remote monitoring; and telematics solutions to more than 500 leading companies in the shipping, marine support, petroleum, gas, logistics and freight industries. In addition, several governments, flag states and regulatory bodies use Pole Star products. Continuously tracking more than 9,000 ocean-going vessels and other assets, the company has offices in London and Hong Kong and a worldwide distributor and service support network.

About SkyWave
SkyWave Mobile Communications is the global leader for satellite communications
products and services that enables solution providers to deliver to their customers cost-effective, reliable, timely and scalable asset management and security services on land or at sea, fixed or mobile. SkyWave is an established market leader with a strong base of over 70 worldwide customers in 30 countries. SkyWave is first in Inmarsat D+ terminal sales and the leading reseller of Inmarsat D+ services.

by Pole Star Space Applications



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