RI Likely to Invite Starlink as Ocean Big Data Development Backbone
The Indonesian government is gearing up to procure goods and services to support the Ocean Big Data project. The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono has announced a collaboration with a Danish company to acquire nanosatellites, with a total value of US$145 million. These nanosatellites are poised to facilitate online data transmission of fishing activities through the Electronically Measured Fishing Application (e-PIT), aligning with the Measured Fishing Catch (PIT) policy.
Trenggono revealed plans to launch 20 nanosatellites in 2024, with an ambitious target of deploying the first unit by June 2024, barring any unforeseen obstacles. "Nanosatellites are one of the tools to complement the Ocean Big Data development program," he stated on Feb 5. According to Trenggono, these satellites will operate continuously for 24 hours across the entire Indonesian territory, and they will be integrated with small fishing vessels, eliminating the need for additional installation costs for the fishermen.