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Three criticaljeasons to install satellite communications equipment in every one of your vessels | Are you able to
V11* I* reach your ships on an instant's notice when volatile conditions in financial and commodity markets make it necessary to alter itineraries at the last moment?
When your ships are equipped with ordinary HF or VHF radio, you are at the mercy of weather, sun and personnel—or lack of it— at shore stations. You can wait hours or even days to establish contact. With SATCOM you can get through with all the speed of a trunk telephone call. Anywhere in the world. Any time. In any sea and weather conditions. And your ships have the same ability to contact you. f * Are you continuously
I U* Smm able to track the exact position and course of your vessels in areas of political unrest, terrorist activity, declared and undeclared wars?
In the face of clandestine mine laying, surface and aircraft attacks, and even outright piracy, can you endanger hundreds of millions of dollars of assets by not knowing exactly where on the high seas they are? This is your predicament with ordinary radio. SATCOM, however, can be interfaced with
SATNAV and when vou send an interrogating signal, it will respond automatically with posi- tion information no matter what the time of day or how occupied the master and radio operator are. « Are you assured of
U* complete confiden- tiality of message traffic between you and your ships?
With ordinary radiotelephony, all the world can listen in on con- versations between you and your captains. Secrecy is impossible unless you employ cumbersome and expensive cryptographic tech- niques. Not so with SATCOM.
Satellite transmissions are dis- creet, allowing you to maintain all the privacy of land lines tele- phone calls.
Which equipment do you choose?
Out of a dozen different makes there is onlv one real contender: the MCS-9i(X) from TeleSystems.
Why? First, reliability. The MCS- 9100 has none of the flywheels, chains or other trouble-prone mechanical components that have plagued less sophisticated sys- tems. Space age sensors and servos drive the antenna within its sealed dome. Below-decks electronics employ VLSI micro- miniaturized circuits on quick- change PC boards. The
MCS-9100 is INMARSAT type approved and has passed MIL
STD 167 testing. That means it's structurally rugged enough for all vessels.
Second, capability. The MCS- 9100 gives you voice, telex, facsimile, medium and high speed data capabilities. It can actually be mated to shipboard and shoreside computer systems.
Third, size. The MCS-9100 is the lightest and smallest equip- ment there is. Compare its 99 pounds to the 250 pounds of its lightest com- petitor. The lSt antenna dome " • is only 44 inches in diam- eter and stands just 58 inches high. The below-decks module is the size of your sound system tuner-amplifier.
Fourth, reputation. After we remind you that TeleSystems' parent, COMSAT started
SATCOM, need we say more?
For an informative brochure on the MCS-9100, please get in touch with us at 2700 Prosperity Ave- nue, Fairfax, VA 22031 USA. Or if you want, phone us at 703: 876-3000, Telex 90-1137.
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