When thinking of SITTI, the majority of us would associate it to the air traffic control area of interest. Indeed, this is the market where SITTI has been particularly active, but its products can cope with many other fields of applications, wherever controlled, secure and reliable communications are required.

The Belgian Ministry of Defence has recently awarded SITTI the supply of a Maritime Voice Communication System (M-VCS) for the replacement and modernisation of their current system. The new system encompasses both fixed and mobile Controller Working Positions, thus allowing operators quickly moving to the location where their service is required, at the same time keeping contact with their colleagues.

The Maritime M-VCS belongs to the SITTI’s M800IP® MULTIFONO® family, fully compliant with the current international standards issued by the competent bodies. In order to properly manage analogue radios and telephone links, two server based radio/telephone VOIP gateways allow seamless connectivity. These are fully redundant: in the event of failure of one server, the other one takes over automatically and transparently, also recovering the active sessions prior to the failure. This ensures continuity of service even in case of hardware or link failure.

The maritime system being provided to the Ministry of Defence also includes a VRS800S Voice Recording System and its replay workstations; the recording/replay system (also server-based) can be easily expanded to cope with many hundreds of channels to be recorded. At least 90 days of continuous recording is guaranteed. Synchronous replay of all recorded sources can be accomplished without affecting the concurrent recording process.

This Maritime VCS (that will be delivered to the Belgian Ministry of Defence from 2022) furthermore testifies the great flexibility of SITTI systems that can be used in all those fields of application where radios, telephones and intercom connectivity is to be provided in an extremely reliable way for mission-critical uses, like air traffic control, harbours management and emergency services.