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April 2014 Issue

Future Care Live Offers Telemedicine for Seafarers
Future Care, Inc. (New York, New York), a provider of health management services, and Globecomm Maritime (Cedar Knolls, New Jersey), a provider of maritime communications solutions, have formed a strategic relationship to create Future Care Live, a video-enabled telemedicine solution to the global maritime industry, and integrate it into Globecomm’s popular Access Chat service.

Future Care Live combines Future Care’s Caring for the Crew program with Globecomms Access Chat Plus live video streaming software to provide a revolutionary level of medical care now available to commercial vessel and yachting crews during emergency illness or injury at sea, as well as to respond to routine healthcare needs.

Using the video streaming properties of Access Chat Plus, Future Care Live creates a “virtual ER," which allows for the remote participation of network general and specialist physicians, hospital treatment staff, Future Care case manager, shipowner representatives and family members, as needed, while on board ship, at sea.

Originally developed for military use, Future Care Live meets the requirements of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and international standards for the electronic transmission of private medical information. Other capabilities include virtual face-to-face secure communication in one-to-one or group settings for nonmedical discussions, as well as the encrypted transmission of business documents of any size and format between ship and shore.


Solstice Side Scan to be Integrated into Bluefin-12 AUV
Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) and Bluefin Robotics (Quincy, Massachusetts) are collaborating to integrate Sonardyne’s Solstice Side Scan Sonar with a Bluefin-12 AUV. A modular vehicle that allows for swappable payloads, Bluefin-12 is most commonly used for offshore survey, search and salvage, environmental monitoring and unexploded ordnance survey operations.

A new generation of search and classify sonar with integrated swath bathymetry, Solstice produces imagery of the highest possible quality from a conventional (non-SAS) sonar. It is designed to produce wide swath coverage (±100 meters) while consuming only 18 watts of power, increasing the operational and cost effectiveness of the AUV.


CARIS, Kongsberg Renew, Expand Their MOU
CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) and Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) signed an enhanced memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Oceanology International 2014 in London, England. The renewed MOU will continue to facilitate the migration of Kongsberg Neptune users to the CARIS HIPS and SIPS software.

In addition to this, CARIS will now be able to provide Kongsberg’s SISQA software with HIPS and SIPS, which will allow users to accurately re-sound velocity correct Kongsberg multibeam data in CARIS using the original proprietary algorithms. Another highlight of the MOU is for the two companies to explore onboard data processing and real-time product creation initiatives.


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