Orolia Maritime Blog

Orolia Delivers Operational Galileo & Return Link Rescue Solutions for Aviation and Maritime Beacons

Since January 21, 2020, Galileo Return Link Service (RLS), which enables people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, has been declared operational by the European Commission. This was very good news for Orolia, since we’ve recently been recognized by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) as the world’s first manufacturer […]

Saving Marine Lives with Innovation Adoption

Innovation in maritime search and rescue beacon technology has been developing at an exponential rate, resulting in faster detection of digital cries for help, greater accuracy in pinpointing the exactlocation of the distress signal and the ability to generate localised alerts; allowing nearby vesselsto support a rescue. The overall impact has been to accelerate the […]

Understanding the Impact of EPIRB Legislation in 2020

Legislation is often the primary driver in the adoption or role out of innovations in marine safety equipment. This brief overview highlights two significant changes that will impact a range of vessel users, the timeline for implementing and explains the safety rational behind them. Legislation: US mandates that Only GNSS EPIRBs can be sold The […]

Will You Be Ready For Galileo’s Return Link Service in 2020?

The addition of GPS receivers into 406MHz search and rescue beacons in the 2000s was the biggest shake up of the international search and rescue system since the activation of the global Cospas Sarsat distress alerting satellite network in 1981. By including GPS recivers beacons reduced the search location from square miles to an exact […]

EPIRB Family

What is an EPIRB?

This page explains everything you need to know about EPIRBs: how they work, how much they cost, how they differ from Personal Location Beacons (PLBs) and how you can set one up. An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting […]

The 2019 Galileo Evolution of Safety Beacons

The inclusion of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers (better known as GPS) into 406Mhz search and rescue beacons in the 2000s was the biggest shake up of the internationally search and rescue system since the activation of global Cospas Sarsat satellite network in 1981. By including GNSS; via GPS satellites; beacons reduced the search […]

Galileo: The First Step in a Search & Rescue Revolution

The multi-national, free to use, satellite-based search and rescue network COSPAS SARSAT will reach the 40th anniversary of its 1981 launch in less than three years. Yet, the seemly invisible lifesaving network has much to celebrate, besides the 43,000 lives saved to date through its complex infrastructure of satellites, ground stations and rescue coordination centres.

Protecting Critical Bridge Navigation

The commercial maritime industry relies on trustworthy PNT in transport infrastructure, ECDIS navigational sources, communications, search and rescue applications, fishing operations, regulation and increasingly to support digitization and vessel automation.   Is your Bridge Resilient to Spoofing & Jamming?

The Galileo GNSS Satellite Networks’ Impact on Search & Rescue in 2018

Galileo’s development is part of the EU’s preparations for upgrading the international distress beacon locating organisation COSPASSARSAT’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Ecosystem under the MEOSAR program, which requires new earth based antenna and a network of 72 GNSS satellites, made up of the US GPS, EU Galileo and Russian Glonass constellations.

How the right equipment can help to keep crew and vessels safe.

  Recent research has shown that 570 fires have occurred on large vessels in Europe between 2000 and 2015, with 359 of these occurring at sea. The report produced by the Finnish Border Guard and Finnish Transport Safety Agency, shows that ship fires pose the greatest risk to maritime safety compared to other types of […]