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HUGHES ENTERS MARITIME INDUSTRY WITH ADVANCED SYSTEMS DESIGN

 HUGHES ENTERS MARITIME INDUSTRY WITH ADVANCED SYSTEMS DESIGN
 FULLERTON, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A vessel traffic services system for use in ports and harbors that can significantly improve the management of vessels throughout the United States and the world is under development by Hughes Aircraft Co.
 "There is a close match between our vessel traffic services system and the technology Hughes has applied successfully for the air traffic control industry in recent years," said Bruce Adams, Hughes program manager.
 "The technology has been developed to be user friendly and to serve a wide application, from a megaport like Long Beach/Los Angeles to a smaller port like Portland."
 Hughes, a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, is one of the world's leading developers and suppliers of electronic systems. With annual sales of approximately $8 billion, Hughes is a world leader in the installation of large-scale, real-time transportation management systems.
 "While we are a new entrant to this segment of the maritime field, we can make a contribution in this post-Valdez climate, based upon the extensive experience from which Hughes can draw," said Adams.
 "Port authorities, the Coast Guard and the public are all concerned today about heavy vessel traffic patterns and the movement of hazardous cargoes."
 Vessel traffic systems are typically installed in traffic centers to monitor, direct and assist ship movements within a port authority or waterway entity.
 Hughes has developed its vessel traffic services system by adapting and customizing existing electronic technology for the maritime community. The technology was previously developed for military and air traffic control use.
 The Hughes system uses radar, infrared sensors, closed-circuit television and other systems for target vessel tracking. Information from multiple sensors is presented to the system operator on a high resolution workstation.
 "We studied the needs of operators manning vessel traffic centers as we designed our system," said Adams. "We paid considerable attention to how operators responded to various hardware and software options.
 "Our design consequently allows for extensive customization of the screen images to suit any operator's needs."
 Operators can isolate an individual or several vessel profiles and match them against an on-line Lloyd's ship registry database. The operator can also select window partitioning or control the amount of navigational aid information displayed on the screen according to their unique needs and responsibilities.
 The Hughes vessel traffic services system technology will allow port authorities and government agencies around the world to closely and accurately manage vessel traffic within sensitive coastal environments.
 According to Adams, there is heightened interest over the role that vessel traffic services systems can play in the prevention of hazardous spills.
 He points to the recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation of U.S. ports that identified which ones would benefit from a new build or upgraded vessel traffic services system.
 Hughes has teamed with DGB Systems Integrators of Montreal, Canada, a subsidiary of the SNC Group, to assist in its efforts, particularly in the international arena. DGB has extensive experience in the vessel traffic services system field with several systems installed around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft, 714-732-4631/ CO: Hughes Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: ARO SU: PDT


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