Emerging Markets Communications makes acquisition

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a global satellite and terrestrial communications services provider, announced today it acquired General Industry Systems (GIS) AS, a Norwegian-based provider specialising in energy and maritime connectivity services for offshore operations. The consolidated portfolio of products, services, experience, locations and engineers of the companies strengthens EMC’s energy and maritime business segments.

EMC’s fully managed connectivity services, global infrastructure of field support centres, teleports and satellite capacity, combined with GIS’s on-site systems integration projects, completes its full-suite of communications solutions for the industry. The addition of GIS’s support centres and technical teams broadens EMC’s presence in strategic Energy hubs worldwide with locations in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway; Singapore Aberdeen, Scotland; Houston, Texas; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, West Africa, and London, UK.

“GIS brings years of experience in delivering specialised communications solutions to the energy and maritime industries, which are valuable in continuing to grow our customer base in these markets,” said Jesus Barber, Vice President of Maritime, EMC. “Our combined customers represent many global energy and maritime companies that have relied on us to connect their offshore operations with the rest of the world, when it matters the most.”

Global Customer Base

The acquisition of GIS expands EMC’s customer base within the Oil & Gas and Maritime verticals and includes many of the largest global and local companies operating in The North Sea, The Baltic Sea, Offshore Brazil, Gulf of Mexico and Asia-Pacific regions such as Statoil, Seadrill, Transocean, Rowan Drilling, Diamond Offshore, CGG Veritas, DeepOcean Maritime, Weatherford and Maersk. EMC provides satellite connectivity and systems integrations services to support a variety of offshore assets including platform rigs, FPSOs, jack-ups, drilling ships, semi-submersibles and offshore support vessels.

Expanded Satellite Communications Services for Oil & Gas and Maritime

The combined portfolio of products and services includes fully managed satellite connectivity, global coverage in C and Ku-band, network design, shipping, logistics, bandwidth commission, installation, integration of complex communications systems and on-going support. These services are tailored for specific offshore and onshore operations, crew welfare networks and fleet broadband solutions.

GIS brings years of experience in systems integration of offshore communications systems for:

  • VSAT (Wavelink™)
  • Telephony Systems (PABX)
  • CCTV
  • TVRO
  • Entertainment (Digital and IP)
  • Offloading
  • Hospital Intercoms
  • Driller Talk Backs
  • RFID Equipment for Maintenance
  • Electronic Muster (Tag)
  • Oil Spill Detection
  • Multi-Purpose Touch Panel Integration
  • Drill Support
  • PA/GA Systems
  • VHF Radio for Ship and Helicopter
  • Navigation
  • Man Overboard
  • Access Control
  • Metrological
  • Subsea Cameras

All systems integrations projects are executed under regional and industry standards and certifications including DNV, ABS, SOLAS, MODU, NORSOK, PEFER, Anatel, Optio, BOSIET and others. The expanded customer base will have access to EMC’s global infrastructure for satellite connectivity services including 48 field support locations, 200 engineers, in-country spare parts, satellite capacity and teleport facilities.

Adapted from press release by Joe Green

Published on 04/02/2015

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