The Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) designed by Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Sensor Systems (NE&SS) has been fully accepted by the People's Republic of China (PRC) for use in the Qiongzhou Channel between Hainan Island and the southern coast of Mainland China, company officials have announced.
NE&SS-based in Syracuse, N.Y.-- was awarded a $3 million contract for the VTMS from the PRC in 1997 under a teaming arrangement with the PRC's 28th Research Institute. The VTMS includes such advanced technology, company officials said, as "integrated data and sensor processing techniques, open-architecture commercial hardware, and rules-based system software to help manage the safe flow of ship traffic."
The VTMS has been in operation since May 1999 under the jurisdiction of the Hainan Harbor Superintendency Administration, which is responsible under the PRC Ministry of Communications for vessel traffic management in the channel.
"This was the first of what we anticipate will be many more NE&SS-- Syracuse vessel traffic management systems for China and Asia," said NE&SS-Syracuse President Michael A. Smith. "We are the world leader in VTMS and are energetically exploring the many opportunities in the region where these systems can help increase ship traffic safety."
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