Frotronics Adds Safecom CM And CP To List Of Products Marketed For Philips

Frotronics, Inc., Houston, Texas, markets marine products for Tokimec and Philips throughout the United States and Canada.

The Philips Safecom CP and CM are standard 'C' Inmarsat terminals for portable and shipboard use, respectively.

The Safecom CP is a communication terminal that can transmit from anywhere in the world. The system consists of a powerful laptop computer which is easy to use. The text to be transmitted is compressed to reduce the cost of sending as well as transmission time. For a high degree of security the system can have encrypted communication capabilities which would make it impossible to read if intercepted by a third party. Special versions are available for users with maximum security requirements.

The Safecom CP has a rechargeable battery which will give optimum performance for a period of four hours when under normal use.

The Safecom CP is supplied with a waterproof and shockproof case for ease of transportation.

The Philips Safecom CM is designed specifically for shipboard installations and provides a unique communication facility for all seagoing vessels. The Safecom system communicates with a coast earth station via an Inmarsat satellite and from there the communications are handled by the public data or telex network to the home base. The system consists of two units, a transceiver and an antenna unit. The Safecom CM allows the user to communicate with ships at any time, all over the world. Selective call signs allow for full communication privacy.

The two enhanced group call facilities in the system are SafetyNET and FleetNET. SafetyNET is an automatic system which allows your vessel to receive vital information, such as navigational warnings and distress calls. When an alarm is activated the distress alert automatically connects the terminal to a rescue coordination center. Distress alerts will always take precedence over all other transmissions and an immediate connection is made to the rescue center. FleetNET service allows for a home base to transmit the same message to a designated group of vessels, resulting in greater efficiency in information flow.

Special "poll commands" allow the home base to activate the system without disturbing the crew. This would usually be in cases of knowing the position of the ship and only requires the system to be connected to a navigator.

The Safecom CM will fully satisfy all GMDSS regulatory communication requirements for ships operating in any part of the world, excluding polar regions.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Apr 1992

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