Glomex Expands Internet Antenna with Pro Model
Glomex Marine Antennas USA has enhanced its Internet antenna with a professional model. Its weBBoat 4G PRO features commercial-grade construction and components, including an upgraded router and advanced software, and comes with a five-year warranty.The weBBoat 4G PRO receives 4G/3G and Wi-Fi signals up to 20 miles away, and amplifies and redistributes them throughout the vessel via a hotspot or Ethernet. Dual SIM card slots and 4G diversity wideband antennas combine with a high-performance 3G/4G router to provide simultaneous Internet access for up to 32 devices…
AlphaEye Allows Real-time Audio Visual Support
Alphatron Marine’s robustly designed AlphaEye is a next generation service communication tool offering the capability to have an extra set of eyes “onboard.” With the AlphaEye, the crew onboard can call through a dedicated (satellite from 128kb, 3G or 4G) communication link directly with the expert in the Alphatron Marine office and obtain error analysis and problem solving in a matter of minutes. www.alphatronmarine.com (As published in the January 2016 edition of Marine News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeNews)
GoFree Vessel Monitoring Adds Global Connectivity with Vodafone
Vodafone announced today that it is working with Navico, an international marine electronics company, to bring global connectivity to Navico’s GoFree product suite. Using the Vodafone Global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM, GoFree can provide boaters, fleet managers, and service technicians with the ability to monitor, log, transmit and report important vessel information in real-time. With the connectivity, GoFree Track, an affordable hardware system,can track critical vessel information like engine hours, battery status, oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel consumption, and more.
ICT Changes Bring Capability Enhancement for Navy
The biggest upgrade of Defence Secret and Protected networks in more than ten years will drive significant change for Navy, with 192 shore locations set to experience major network overhauls. The magnitude of the program reflects the need for the department’s information footprint to be able to support Defence capability well into the future. Commodore Jeff Goedecke is the Director General of Business Relationship Management in Communication Information Officer Group said the changes are likely to impact most Navy people in some way.
New Trawler for Argentine Family
With 4,989 kilometers of Atlantic coastline, Argentina looks to commercial fishing as an important contributor to the Argentinian economy. The promotion of the maritime resources is dependent on quality boats capable of delivering quality product. This spring just such a vessel joined the Argentine trawler fleet. The 20.8 by 6.6-meter FV Don Franco was designed and built by the Contessi Shipyard at Mar del Plata, Argentina’s largest fishing port 400 kilometers south of Buenos Aires. Owned by the Galeano family, the new vessel is classed by RINA and will replace their older boat the Galme I.
ISS's Innovative Series of New Travel Apps for Cruise Industry
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider, has launched an innovative series of travel apps for the cruise industry in Greece, covering the major ports and islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu and Syros. Further apps will also follow to cover the entire region. Originated by ISS Greece, one of the leading cruise specialists, the free new travel apps will provide a complete digital guide through the islands and ports of Greece, from attractions and activities…
NSSLGlobal Launches Cellular/VSAT Hybrid System
VSAT provider NSSLGlobal has launched its first-ever hybrid cellular/VSAT solution for maritime vessels, the Cellular Marine System. This service will complement NSSLGlobal’s airtime VSAT offering, or other services such as FleetBroadband and Iridium Open Port, allowing seafarers accustomed to land services to transfer from satellite to mobile connectivity, while operating up to 25km offshore. Through NSSLGlobal’s Cellular Marine System, maritime vessels can connect to robust, high-speed internet, with download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, for commercial and crew welfare broadband use. It is supported by a cellular roaming service, established through a major global cellular operator…
Voice-data Communications and HDTV in One System
PDQ’s OneSource System provides long range cell, wi-fi and high definition TV in one system for mobile users. San Diego wireless company PDQ Connect has developed the OneSource system to provide cellular and wi-fi service, as well as HDTV using one antenna and one cable connection for all three services. The new system gives mobile users long range voice and data and cost free high definition TV. Features of the OneSouce system include 3G and 4G cell boost up to 20 miles for all carriers…
Inmarsat Type Approval for 9502 BGAN M2M Terminal
Inmarsat said that that it has expanded its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) portfolio by type approving the Hughes 9450-C11 terminal, the first mobile BGAN M2M-enabled terminal. It means that BGAN M2M — Inmarsat’s global, IP-based, real-time M2M data connectivity service — can now be offered as a mobile service, giving customers within industries like transportation and logistics, precision farming, construction and mining a completely new level of remotely managing and monitoring high value assets, such as heavy machinery.
Voyager IP Wins Irish Navy Satellite Contract
Voyager IP, the Irish marine telecoms solutions specialist, has partnered with the Irish National Space Center to win a €500,000 contract to manage the entire satellite communications service for the Irish Naval Fleet at home and abroad. Voyager IP will provide the satellite airtime, technical assistance for the onboard systems and a 24 hour helpdesk from its base in Wicklow, while the National Space Center will provide the satellite network infrastructure. Simon Coveney TD, the Irish Minister for Defense, Agriculture, Food and the Marine, officially launched the new service.
Topaz Signs with Orange for a Maritime Connect Solution
Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine has signed an agreement with Orange Business Services for a Maritime Connect solution that connects its fleet at sea and supports the corporate network. Topaz is an offshore support vessel company for the global energy industry. The Orange integrated communications platform increases the efficiency of the fleet, lowers cost and improves the onboard experience for crew. Under a three-year agreement Orange is initially connecting 39 vessels from the Topaz fleet…
Speedcast Launches CrewReach
Speedcast International Limited, provider of reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced the release of CrewReach, a new global prepaid mobile SIM card designed with crew members in mind. Powered by a Multi-IMSI global network, CrewReach provides cost-effective access to 4G and 3G data. “Weeks and months at sea without being connected to family and friends can lead to feelings of isolation and depression for the thousands of Commercial Maritime sailors who are responsible for the transportation of goods around the globe…
AT&T Network Connects Maersk’s Reefer Containers
A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has entered an agreement with AT&T to use its Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect its refrigerated containers. In what is reported to be one of the largest industrial IoT deployments of its kind, Maersk is working with AT&T to track and monitor the condition of refrigerated containers with perishable goods. Maersk has connected more than 290,000 of its refrigerated containers to the AT&T network. Each unit uses a remote container device (RCD) that has a 3G High Temperature SIM card…
B&G Vulcan Chartplotter Family Gets Bigger
B&G has introduced the new Vulcan 9 sailing chartplotter – a large touchscreen chartplotter for coastal cruising and club racing sailboats, that provides sailors with incredible value. The new 9-inch chartplotter delivers innovative sailing functionality controlled through a bright intuitive multi-touch screen and easy to use menu structure that makes setting courses, reading wind speed and direction, depth, bearings and a host of other sailing functions, simple and intuitive to access and understand.
traveltronic Goes to UAE
Level421 GmbH developed mobile communication solutions in the past few years and introduced these into the market 2013 under the label traveltronic. The company today develops, produces and provides mobile communication solutions for vehicles and ships, and also offers airtime services. The developments for this, especially for the ALL.in.ONE System, have been performed in Ulm, Germany. ALL.IN.ONE combines GSM mobile communication with satellite internet capacity solutions to one very compact ALL.in.ONE solution. Whenever the vehicles or ships got a connection to the GSM network, it uses the fast 3G UMTS or even faster 4G LTE networks. Just if there is no GSM network available the solution switches to satellite connection.
NSSLGlobal Trials Wi-Fi with British Royal Navy
Satellite communications provider NSSLGlobal announced the trial of its Wi-Fi service across selected British Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships. The service, based on NSSLGlobal’s proven technology for the commercial shipping sector, but modified for the Royal Navy will, for the first time allow crew to use their personal devices to connect with friends and family through internet services and applications. The Wi-Fi service is an all-in-one access control facility deployed as a gateway for managing Wi-Fi hotspots to enable BYOD (Bring your own Device) to be rolled out to Naval vessels. It will provide the user with a secure, available, supported and legally and morally compliant internet service providing access over existing ship bearers (whether satellite, ADSL or 3G/4G).
AlphaEye: Real-time Audio Visual Support
Alphatron Marine has introduced what it is calling “the next generation service communication tool”; AlphaEye aims to offer the capability to have an extra set of eyes “on board”, allowing for support specialists to be standing by 24/7 to solve any problem, globally and remotely. With AlphaEye, the crew on board can directly call through a dedicated communication link via satellite from 128kb, 3G or 4G to reach an expert in the Alphatron Marine office. The device allows the remote expert to better experience the issues crews are facing through live audio and visual contact…
Globecomm Roam Delivers Maritime Connectivity
Globecomm has launched Globecomm Roam, providing high throughput, low cost cellular communications in more than 140 countries. Offering 3G, 4G and LTE services at speeds of up to 100 Mbps but at prices much lower than traditional satellite services, Globecomm Roam bundles a cellular modem, global roaming SIM card and maritime antenna to enable connectivity up to 30 miles from shoreside cell towers. “Today’s smarter ship operations call for smarter communications; owners and managers need to stay connected…
USN's MUOS-5 Satellite Reaches Orbit
The Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite has reached operational orbit and has successfully deployed its arrays and antennas. On Oct. 22, the MUOS team raised the MUOS-5 satellite to an operationally-suitable orbit. The team completed a series of deployments of the satellite's solar arrays and antennas, with the last occurring successfully Oct. 30. MUOS-5 launched June 24 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and experienced a failure of its orbit raising propulsion system that halted the satellite's transfer orbit maneuver to its geosynchronous test orbit.
Two Simrad Radar Displays Launched
The new Simrad R2009 and R3016 Radar control units, two dedicated radar displays have been launched today for use with Simrad’s award winning radar antenna solutions. The Simrad R2009 Radar control features a 9” portrait display. The Simrad R3016 boasts a 16” wide-screen display. Both systems utilise an intuitive control interface with the latest generation of digital tuning to allow for optimal situational awareness in the most adverse conditions. Outstanding target resolutions…
Shakespeare Debuts JellyFish Antenna
Marine antenna manufacturer Shakespeare has introduced the JF-3 Multi-Band Antenna into its Galaxy range. Built for recreational and commercial use, the JellyFish is an omni-directional, IP67 waterproof antenna for marine communication and transmission in harsh environments. Designed to reduce clutter on a boat, it features passive GPS, 2G, 3G and 4G cellular, and WiFi reception in one compact package. According to the manufacturer, the omni-directional functionality enables the JF-3 to send and receive cellular and WiFi signals in all directions…
New Satellite Communications System For Workboats
McMurdo has announced a new global satellite communications system, McMurdo OmniCom, the first in a family of products that will be rolled out over the next six months to provide complete worldwide fleet management and vessel monitoring solutions for the workboat, commercial fishing and artisanal fishing industries. McMurdo OmniCom is an integrated solution for commercial fleet operations that combines worldwide satellite coverage for constant communications to and from remote vessels with PRISMA Connect…
GSM Tariff Launched for RockFLEET Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System
Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has launched a new fixed monthly GSM tariff for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET. The new £10/month subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmitted over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system when operating within GSM coverage. As standard the RockFLEET system provides vessel GPS location reports at user-defined intervals using the global Iridium satellite Short Burst Data (SBD) service, but Rock Seven has seen demand for dual-mode operation using its optional GSM module rise.