SOURCE: Virtual Ed Link, Inc

May 18, 2010 08:58 ET

Virtual Ed Link -- SSMS for the High Seas

FAIRFIELD, NJ--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  Virtual Ed Link, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: VRED) announced today that it is targeting its Safety and Security Management System (SSMS) for release to the commercial shipping industry, primarily the worldwide cruise industry. 

The worldwide cruise market is estimated to reach $26.78 billion in 2010 and piracy and terrorism are increasingly becoming critical issues. Just last week, the General Accountability Office (GAO) of the US Federal Government asked the Custom and Border Protection (CBP) agency to begin related studies. The Department of Homeland Security agreed to the GAO's recommendation.

VRED's sophisticated web-based physical security dashboard will act as the heart of a solution utilized by cruise and tanker ships gathering in "short-range" information and intelligence on approaching ships not usually visible to the current "long-range" detection system now employed on the vessels. The unit will contain three major components and sensing devices -- 2 kilometer mid range radar, infrared and thermal technology for night and fog usage, and PTZ daylight cameras.

Major maritime insurance companies such as Lloyd's of London and others estimate 2009 losses will top $50 million with losses even higher in 2010.

"We have spent the better part of two years developing the core technology capable of turning sensor data into intelligence," said John Bay, President and CEO. "This technology can be utilized in many different vertical markets and vessel security is a prime example."

VRED is already partnering with specific maritime system integration firms here within the United States and additional product analysis began last week on a cruise ship leaving NY harbor. 

About Virtual Ed Link, Inc.
Virtual Ed Link, Inc.,
(PINKSHEETS: VRED), sells the Safety and Security Management System (SSMS), which uses proprietary core technology solutions developed by Viyya Technologies. The Safety and Security Management System is marketed and sold primarily to schools and colleges around the U.S. and geared to be used as a collaborative Web 2.0 tool to share general information retrieved from any internet source among the school users, and especially, in the event of threats or danger, to disseminate alerts to help and guide students, parents, faculty and law enforcement in the actions necessary to help protect school attendees, and school infrastructure.

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