Marine Terminal Workstations, Lines Of Sight, And GPS Systems

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One of the most important ways that seafaring personnel keep in touch with land is through satellite communications. All boats and other vessels that head out to see are equipped with a marine terminal. This terminal links up with extraterrestrial receivers and routers; these satellites are in orbit, and they're constantly sending and receiving data and communications packets. The seas are growing more and more crowded; more and more of our products and goods are being shipped by sea, with freight ships being capable of much faster speeds. This has only increased the need and necessity for marine terminal satellite phones and other workstations. Communication isn't just critical to coordinating your activities while out at sea, but is also a means for offering help to vessels that might need assistance. This is very similar to the social conditions of truckers that have to haul freight over long stretches of snow saddled tracks. In those situations, you rely on the same technologies that are involved in marine satellite communications. You often rely on satellites because setting up a land based network would simply be too expensive. And of course, at sea, a terrestrial option is fairly close to impossible.

You do want to make sure that your communications are up, before you depart for your trip across the ocean. This is one of the first things that are checked and rechecked before captains even consider leaving the port. More often than not, you'll have redundancy in these communication systems, in order to prevent all out blackouts in communications. Remember that radio only works if you're absolutely sure that you'll be within range of a receiver and other critical pieces of such a network. But in as much as the skies are unobstructed while out at sea, the marine terminal does seem to be the ideal solution. It's relatively cost effective; it's relatively stable, with your global positioning systems relying on satellites as well, to direct your boat. It's important to note that satellite differs from radio, in that there does need to be a line of sight, as it's referred to.

If you subscribe to satellite services on land (say, for the internet or for your premium TV content), you likely already know about this facet of satellite technology. With a marine terminal though, while you're out at sea, you have a pretty clear shot at the satellite network above, because there aren't any tall building to get in your way; there aren't any mountains to get in the way either. This all makes for an ideal situation for satellite communications. Likewise, satellite technologies may not be so ideal in urban areas, where lines of sight may not be as easy to achieve.

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This article was published on 2011/08/06