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March 13th, 2017

Safety on the Australian bounding main through ORBCOMM and Kordia

ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) has received a multi-year contract with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through their partner, Kordia Pty Ltd. (Kordia).

ORBCOMM and Kordia will provide satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data used for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts to AMSA for designated regions and specific maritime projects. The AMSA contract award is funded for two years. Headquartered in Canberra, Australia, AMSA is responsible for promoting maritime safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment as well as providing a national search and rescue service.

Leveraging the enhanced capabilities of its new, advanced OG2 satellite network, ORBCOMM’s AIS service provides global coverage and processes more than 23 million messages from over 180,000 unique vessels per day, which is well ahead of other AIS services.
Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer, is extremely please with the AMSA contract that was awarded through his firm's partner, Kordia, which he stated further demonstrates his firm's market leadership in providing the most comprehensive space-based AIS service. ORBCOMM’s AIS offering provides the best combination of quality and price available in the market today.

The Chief Executive Officer of Kordia Group indicated that his organization already provides the SOLAS (Safety of the Life at Sea) network, based out of Wellington, New Zealand, and Canberra, Australia. SOLAS is responsible for monitoring around one-quarter of the world’s oceans.  The awarding of the AMSA contract, in partnership with ORBCOMM, further extends Kordia's offering in the maritime space by enabling the company to provide timely, reliable and cost-effective AIS data for one of the largest search and rescue regions of the world.