Satellite service to promote ship operations

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 By : Mizake Laziaf
W. David Gardner in informationweek writes:

A new satellite service is designed to promote ship operations efficiency, expand on-board business to more closely reflect the home office, and boost crew morale.

Around-the-clock broadband service is under development for the maritime industry, according to an announcement Tuesday by Telenor Satellite Services, which plans to provide seamless global roaming starting in the fourth quarter.

The service, called OceanRoam, will enable data and voice communications using ships' assigned IP addresses and telephone numbers and will connect to ships regardless of their location.

OceanRoam incorporates technology developed by Comtech EF Data and includes a bandwidth and capacity management system. Comtech's products configure, control, and monitor the Satellitenetwork. Telenor said the service is built on dynamically managed Single Channel Per Carrier (dSCPC) and automatic application switching technologies. The service cuts operating expenses significantly.

"OceanRoam will become a powerful 'at sea' communications business tool and is designed to promote ship operations efficiency, expand on-board business application to more closely reflect the home office, and to boost crew morale by offering members an easy way to stay in touch with loved ones at home," Tore Morten Olsen, executive VP of Telenor Satellite Services said in a statement. "The combination of always-available committed information rates and demand-assigned bandwidth will give vessels the seamless, dynamic communications flexibility regardless of location."

The service will enable both voice services and unlimited data transfer for ships' business and crew communications. The committed information rate service will operate at speeds up to 128 kbps. Videoconferencing and robust data transfers can be carried out at bandwidth on demand data rates up to 1,024 kbps.

Telenor Satellite Services is a subsidiary of Telenor of Norway.

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