We live and work in such a connected world that we forget how much of the planet is “beyond the edge” – past the point where the high-tech infrastructure of the modern world runs out. The world’s oceans are a prime example. Vessels at sea depend for communications on satellite technology that is rapidly advancing in capacity and speed while its cost is falling year by year. The combination of better service at lower cost is creating new opportunities for the parts of the world that lie beyond the edge.
Globecomm has installed a complete hybrid satellite-LTE communications solution for Thailand-based shipowner Tipco Maritime Company. The installation makes better use of onboard equipment, improves visibility of operations and more closely integrates with office systems. Equally important is better management of the costs of ship-shore communications.
Globecomm provided Tipco with Nimbus, a powerful yet cost-effective network management tool that can be used to control multiple connections via satellite and LTE networks, while providing additional value-added functionality for both enterprise and crew applications. Using the automatic Wide Area Network (WAN) switching capability of Nimbus, Tipco implemented a 4G router alongside its Inmarsat Fleet Broadband terminals. Nimbus selects the satellite connection while at sea but switches over to the 4G connection when the vessels come within reach of shore, lowering the total cost of data consumption.
In June, Globecomm became a maritime distribution partner of the new Iridium Certus mobile broadband satellite service from Iridium Communications. The agreement enables Globecomm to further extend its portfolio of satellite, LTE and hybrid connectivity solutions and integrate all of its value-added services, increasing choice for shipowners and operators as well as mobility enterprises. Shaped entirely around user needs, Globecomm Maritime provides robust and secure end-to-end solutions for enterprise and crew communications, IoT and M2M services.
Underpinned by Iridium’s $3 billion investment in the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation, Iridium Certus is currently undergoing live testing, with plans to offer speeds of 352 Kbps on launch, upgradable to 704 Kbps, via small terminals and solid-state, active-array antennas. Future throughput speeds will reach approximately 1.4 Mbps and Iridium Certus will also enable multiple streaming and safety services designed to provide reliable connectivity in the harshest environments.
Long-time Globecomm customer Briese Schiffahrts is undertaking a program of fleet renewal, constructing a series of eight ‘Open Top Eco 5000’ multi-purpose vessels designed to consume 30% less fuel but with increased crane and cargo capacity. The new ships will be equipped with the Globecomm Nimbus “smartbox” for management of VSAT satellite connectivity and an Iridium OpenPort L-band backup. Together, they provide unlimited data for enterprise users and crew members.
The first of four ships was christened in mid-April 2018 at Zhejiang ¬Zengzhou Shipbuilding Co with three more of the 90-meter long, 3415gt, Dutch flag, ice-class 1A ships slated for delivery later this year. Another newbuilding, the project cargo carrier BBC Russia — a sister ship to the 12,500-dwt Jan – was delivered from Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry in April.
In June, Globecomm announced the appointment of J&E Papadopoulos as its new representative to the shipping markets of Greece and Cyprus. The company will provide sales and marketing services locally as well as pre- and post-sales support, installation, commissioning and technical services for Globecomm Maritime products in the region.
Established in Piraeus in 1968, J&E Papadopoulos SA is a major distributor of marine spare parts, representing numerous European and US manufacturers in the fields of components, power transmission products and engineering equipment for marine and industrial applications. The company also provides technical consultancy, vibration measurement and thermography analysis for the marine.
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