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26 January 2009

LRIT software upgrading before Conformance Test

This memo is to advise customers to carry out LRIT software upgrading before conducting a Conformance Test on JRC Inmarsat-C models JUE-75C and JUE-85.

Upgrading software for existing new GMDSS compliant JUE-75C's and non LRIT capable JUE-85's is required before carrying out a Conformance Test with LRIT application service providers (ASP) , for example: Pole Star, Transas Limited, or Absolute Maritime Tracking Services INC, in order to meet the IMO LRIT requirements MSC263 (84) . We believe that Inmarsat -C equipment for LRIT should conform to Inmarsat's new specification*1) .

Without upgrading the equipment with LRIT software, most Conformance Tests may fail. Even if the Conformance Test is completed successfully, upgrading of the equipment with LRIT software is still required later on, in order to avoid troubles like no data transmission to the LRIT data center during the LRIT operation due to the following factors:

(a)Low success rate due to Inmarsat-C communication traffic congestion *2)

(b)Partial operational change in Inmarsat-C system to introduce LRIT system at LES

(c)Partial mismatch of operation between JRC models (JUE-75C/85) and LRIT ASP system

If you ask JRC for service because there is no data transmission from your JRC Inmarsat-C terminals, without having upgraded the unit with LRIT software, we will advise you first to arrange to upgrade the JRC equipment with LRIT software before taking further action.

For further information, please contact our sales representatives.

  1. Inmarsat's new specification (CN141 and CN142)
    CN141:Enhanced Data Reporting with delivery confirmation and the retransmitting function
    CN142:Multi-Ocean Region Polling (Downloading function for DNID of all Ocean Region)
  2. A Burst (Data Reporting) collision occurs essentially due to Inmarsat-C communication traffic congestion, because Inmarsat-C system adopts the slotted-ALOHA method. And it causes the decreased communication success rate.

For further information: please contact

Japan Radio Co.,Ltd.

Marine Electronics Business Department (Japan)
Tel: +81-3-3348-4099 / Fax: +81-3-3348-4139

Amsterdam Branch Office

Cessnalaan 40-42, 1119 NL, Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-658-0750 / Fax: +31-20-658-0755

Seattle Branch Office

1021 SW Klickitat Way Bldg. D, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98134, U.S.A
Phone: +1-206-654-5644 / Fax: +1-206-654-7030

Greece Branch

223, Syngrou Avenue & 2, Tralleon Street 171 21 Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece
Phone: +30-210-9355061, 9355661
Fax: +30-210-9355611