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Monday, October 23, 2017

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PortVision Brings Advanced Marine Vessel-Tracking

Capabilities to Latest Full-Featured Smartphones. PortVision Vessel-Tracking Service, Terminal and Fleet Management Dashboards, and Other Capabilities Now Available in Platform Optimized for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry Devices. PortVision, a provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, today announced that the company’s desktop Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel-tracking service is now available in a mobile platform that has been optimized for today’s full-featured smartphones including BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices.

General Dynamics is Link Govt-level Security to Consumer Smartphone

GD Protected Samsung KNOX Smartphones

General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOX™-enabled Galaxy S® 4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected® software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX smartphones represent an important step toward the government’s Commercial Solutions for Classified initiative.

AIS Vessel-tracking by Smartphone

PortVision vessel-tracking service, terminal and fleet management dashboards, & other capabilities is now available in platform optimized for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices. The company’s latest mobile platform is available now, at no cost, to PortVision customers who subscribe to its PortVision Plus, PortVision Advantage, TerminalSmart™ and Fleet Management System offerings. “Our latest mobile platform delivers on our vision of giving PortVision users all the information they need to manage their maritime domain, no matter where they are,” said Dean Rosenberg, PortVision chief executive officer. The new PortVision Mobile 2.0 platform adds a number of capabilities based on extensive feedback from the company’s active mobile users.

Smartphones Can Morph Into Satellite Phones

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Globalstar says its Sat-Fi instantly turns any smartphone, tablet or computer into a satellite phone or data device. With Sat-Fi, Globalstar customers can use their existing smartphones and existing phone numbers to send and receive communications over the Company's satellite network, offering seamless voice and data connectivity when beyond the range of cellular. This new technology means that people who find themselves outside of cell coverage, for whatever reason, can use their existing smartphones or computers to always stay connected.

Alphatron Introduce Onboard PABX System

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Alphatron Marine introduces the Alphaconnect Hybrid, a type-approved on board Telephone System (PABX) with integrated IP facilities. The new Alphaconnect 48/128 hybrid uses well known Alphaconnect technology in combination with cable saving IP technology to provide internal marine communications. A dedicated app is available, to allow a smartphone to integrate with the communication system on board.

Raymarine Navigation Displays Now Stream to Android Devices

An Android Tablet group (Photo: Raymarine).

Nashua, N.H. – Raymarine announced the release of its Raymarine Viewer app, RayView, for Android tablets and Smartphones. The new app, available now in the Google Play Android store, joins the previously released RayView app for Apple iOS devices, like the iPhone and iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi networking in its new c-Series and e-Series Multifunction Displays, the RayView app enables boaters to view the screen from their multifunction display right on their mobile device.

Imtech Marine Launches Service App

Imtech Marine recently launched a service app, under its service and nav/com brand Radio Holland. The aim of the new app is to facilitate owners and operators around the world to quickly find the nearest Imtech Marine/RH service location for service and maintenance, via their smart phone. The app guides the user to the nearest service location and the user can directly send a service request via the app to the Imtech Marine location. This way quick and easy contact is established, and quick and efficient service can be offered around the globe. The ‘RHServiceNow’ app is available for free at the Windows phone store (for Windows smartphones), in the Google play store (for Android smartphones) and in the iPhone app store.

Lloyd's Register Marine Launch Class Direct Free App

Class Direct smartphone app: Image courtesy of LR

Lloyd’s Register Marine say they have created an easy-to-use app for smartphones and tablets, enabling its clients to access ship and fleet data from anywhere in the world. LR describe the new app as using the functionality of LR’s award-winning web service Class Direct, and is specifically designed to give users access to the information they need whenever and wherever; available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Users of the Class Direct app are able to book a survey with LR…

Augmented Reality App for Raymarine Dragonfly-PRO Sonar Systems

Dragonfly Pro and AR App Photo Raymarine

Raymarine Unveils an all-new version of its popular Wi-Fish mobile app for use with Dragonfly-PRO and Wi-Fish CHIRP Sonar systems. The app has been expanded and now includes Augmented Reality Viewing of your saved waypoints and fishing hot-spots. The app works with the GPS, compass and camera in your smartphone or tablet to show precisely where you are in relation to your saved waypoints. The name, symbol, bearing and range to each waypoint is displayed as a dynamic overlay on a real-time view of the waterway in front of you.

Cummins Launches SmartPhone App for Job Seekers

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Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) unveiled its first Smartphone application allowing job seeking candidates the ability to interact with 3D versions of its latest engine technologies and search for a new career with the company. “Our Smartphone app connects with candidates everywhere, anytime” said Richard Whitney, global recruiting brand leader. “We are actively hiring new talent and the app is perfect for job seekers both looking for a new career and conducting company research”. The…

Mobile Apps Target Regulatory Compliance

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Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have updated the ILO MLC smartphone app and launched a new ISM & ISPS pocket checklist app. Both apps are free and are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In a fully paperless operation, the apps enable ships’ crews and their managers to view necessary legislative and regulatory requirements, save multiple checklists, check off completed activities, add essential notes and send the completed checklists via email. Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have analyzed ISM, ISPS and ILO MLC reported deficiencies found by Port State Control.

Onboard Wi-Fi Connectivity by Telaurus

Telaurus Communications, a Globecomm Maritime company, has unveiled a significant enhancement to its crew email solution, combining the functionality of its se@COMM software suite with readily available wireless network components. Crew communications – particularly SMS and email services – have developed from being an ‘optional extra’ to an essential service for shipowners and managers serious about crew welfare. Evidence from seafarers suggests that communication with loved ones while at sea not only improves morale and the overall productivity…

Iridium Launches Portable Satellite Hotspot

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Iridium Communications Inc. today announced Iridium GO!, the industry’s first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet, dramatically extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks. Iridium GO! creates a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone anywhere on the planet, enabling up to five smartphones to make calls, get their email, text and use some apps, even when terrestrial networks are non-existent, unreliable or costly.

Keppel Launches Mobile Website

Keppel Corporation launched a mobile-friendly website, www.kepcorp.com. The mobile website puts important company information at the fingertips of users on-the-go, offering streamlined content with seamless navigation at optimal loading speeds. Company announcements, live stock prices, video clips and other investor information are just taps away. Keppel Corporation’s mobile website is compatible with Apple and Android (e.g. Samsung & HTC) smartphones.  The company welcomes feedback on the mobile website at keppelgroup@kepcorp.com

Marine Travel Agent App for the iPhone/iPad

The Marine Travel Company, a specialist agency handling marine travel worldwide, has introduced an iPhone and iPad application for anyone on the move in the maritime industry. Maritime industry travelers can now access the company’s reservations team and website instantly. The app App features: •    Instant flight requests from your iphone/ipad •    Quick and Easy access to your flight itinerary •    Online check in, contact us and more links Download at http://itunes.com/apps/crewtravel After a trial period on Apple’s iphone/ipad operating system the marine travel company will look to develop similar programs for Blackberry, Palm and Smartphone. www.themarinetravel.co.uk

Deep-sea Internet Being Developed at UB

Subsea Internet R&D: Photo courtesy of UB

University at Buffalo (UB) researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet: they consider that the technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities. “A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time," said Tommaso Melodia, UB associate professor of electrical engineering and the project’s lead researcher.

Raymarine’s New a-Series Multifunction Displays

a-Series WiFi

New a65/a67 WiFi versions support RayControl and RayRemote apps. Following the launch of the new a-Series multifunction displays (MFDs), Raymarine has taken steps to expand a-Series functionality further with the addition of two new versions of the a65 and a67 complete with built-in Wi-Fi. The compact a‐Series multifunction displays are already extremely versatile, offering boaters simple and quick access via Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse user interface to navigation applications like GPS, sonar, radar and data.

KVH Launches New Marine Satellite TV Antennas

TV series antenna family:Image courtesy of KVH

KVH Industries, Inc. informs it is introducing the TracVision TV-series, a powerful family of fully stabilized marine satellite television antenna systems designed to provide superior performance, including HDTV, for worldwide satellite TV entertainment at sea. TracVision TV1, TV3, TV5, and TV6 – the four systems that make up the TracVision TV-series – are unveiled at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in Palm Beach, Florida, and will remain on view in the KVH booth (830-831) through March 23, 2014.

iPhone Adapter for Night Vision Scope

Photo credit: NightVisionExperts.com

NightVisionExperts.com, a leading North American provider of night vision equipment, has debuted a revolutionary new night vision scope iPhone adapter that links two well deployed emergency first responder technologies, the PVS-14A Night Vision Scope and Apple’s iPhone smartphone for use by emergency responders in the field. The slide-on adapter precisely mounts a PVS-14A night vision scope over the iPhone’s 8-megapixel camera lens. With a single tap first responders can now securely upload high resolution night vision photos…

Safety Alert: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

This safety alert reminds vessel owners, operators, charterers, merchant mariners, passengers, and all others throughout the maritime domain of safety concerns associated with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone. This alert includes phones recently replaced by manufacturer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as of last month there have been at least 92 reports of batteries overheating, including 26 reports of customer burns and 55 reports of property damage. The primary concern is the phone's Lithium-ion battery which stores significant energy. During normal use and charging, devices have overheated and ruptured.

ABS’ Wiernicki Delivers Stevens Commencement Speech

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki delivered the commencement speech at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2017 undergraduate graduation ceremony, where he was also awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree. Graduate’s family members, friends and other well-wishers gathered at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J. on May 24 for the undergraduate commencement ceremony, applauding the more than 600 undergraduate students receiving bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of engineering degrees.

Buy and Sell Vessels from a Mobile Device

Photo: SDSD

The maritime software development company SDSD are launching a new web based VSnP - Vessel Sale and Purchase module, enabling Sale and Purchase brokers to buy and sell vessels from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet. VSnP can improve brokers’ trading margins through key features including powerful search and data retrieval, fast matching commercial advices and purchase inquiries, vessel matching with the IHS database or the users’ proprietary data, vessel value and market statistics, plus sales and valuation modules.

Fugawi Announces Android Support Via Pathaway

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Northport Systems Inc., creators of Fugawi X-Traverse, and Muskoka Tech Inc., developers of PathAway GPS navigational, mapping and tracking software for mobile smartphones and tablets, announced today greatly expanded chart support for Android mobile devices. With the latest version of PathAway for Android, users with a Fugawi X-Traverse Cloud Passport now have access to 82 different product offerings including the latest in marine charts, weather information, and topographic maps.

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