-Solution integrates FleetBroadband 150 with crew-welfare solution-
BETHESDA, MD, June 7 /PRNewswire/ - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has successfully deployed an integrated, broadband crew communications solution for SE Ship Management Pte. Ltd. (SESM), one of Singapore's leading ship operators and managers. SESM is a subsidiary of SE Shipping Lines Pte. Ltd. (SESL).
The Stratos solution includes the deployment of its AmosConnect Crew communications application on the Inmarsat FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) mobile satellite platform. The solution is installed on the SESL vessels SE Pelagica and SE Potentia - both of which are heavy-lift, multipurpose dry cargo vessels that operate worldwide.
Inmarsat's entry-level FB150 service combines a high-quality telephone connection with simultaneous IP data at up to 150kbps. The compact and easy-to-install FB150 offers affordable and reliable communications worldwide.
AmosConnect Crew is an all-in-one solution that combines AmosConnect for interoffice communications and Stratos ChatCard for crew communications. The solution enables personnel at sea to stay in contact with home via calling, private email and SMS at affordable, flat global rates - thus helping retain qualified seafarers. It provides an easily manageable, separate account for each crewmember. The latest version of AmosConnect Crew is expanded beyond private email to include true onboard Internet café features, such as prepaid chatting, prepaid web browsing, and access to local and global news services.
SESM also will soon deploy AmosConnect Anti-Virus from Stratos, which provides onboard protection against intrusion of Internet computer viruses and malicious software in the satellite broadband environment.
SESM officials said that when they were ready to replace their legacy Inmarsat systems with the latest broadband technology, they relied upon Stratos to recommend an integrated system, as Stratos had served the Company well with creative solutions in the past. The new system integrating AmosConnect Crew and FB150 already has proven to be operator friendly and cost effective. SESM officials report that crew feedback to the new system has been favorable, as Stratos ChatCard rates are very competitive. SESM also reports that Stratos has provided prompt support at every opportunity.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "It is gratifying to continue our established relationship with SESM by providing them with communications cost savings via a uniform system that can be deployed across the entire SESL fleet. We look forward to continue supporting SESM with all of The Stratos Advantage value-added services, as well as with the highest levels of 24/7 customer service."
Stratos has activated more than 4,000 FleetBroadband systems across all major geographic regions and vessel types. To attain the highest possible performance and support from FleetBroadband, at the lowest possible cost, SESM fully utilizes The Stratos Advantage suite of value-added services.
About FleetBroadband from Stratos
FleetBroadband from Stratos provides cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications - available simultaneously - at speeds up to 432kpbs. FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed IP data rates, regardless of the vessel's location. The above-deck, stabilized, compact directional antennas are smaller than most existing Inmarsat Fleet products used today.
FleetBroadband also helps Stratos continue to provide ship managers with innovative crew-communications solutions, to support the recruitment and retention of well-trained seafarers. For example, FleetBroadband from Stratos now is available with a pre-paid web-browsing solution and other valuable services.
Communications managers have discovered that FleetBroadband from Stratos can be rapidly deployed across an entire fleet and, as a standard IP service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals operate globally and the user interface is standard across all products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP service, as well as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy applications. Terminal costs are relatively low and the network supports all the latest security protocols.
Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship managers with optimal communications performance, management control and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. In addition to FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek.
FleetBroadband from Stratos Features The Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of The Stratos Advantage, FleetBroadband from Stratos is elevated far above baseline FleetBroadband services. The value-added services comprising The Stratos Advantage, including Stratos Dashboard, provide users with cost and traffic control, high-usage metering, firewall management, data optimization, real-time traffic overviews, instant remote provisioning, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and a full IP range.
In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage, Stratos works with application partners to deliver broadband business solutions in key maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management, remote management, IT management and cargo management, which help reduce fuel and operations costs and improve crew and customer satisfaction. Maritime customers can secure more information on FleetBroadband from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager or by visiting www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.
About SE Ship Management
SESM, one of Singapore's leading ship operators and managers, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SE Shipping Lines (www.seshipping.com). SE Shipping Lines is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Australia, Germany and India. SESL provides end-to-end, customer-driven solutions for worldwide transportation of project cargos and the heavy-lift shipping industry, with a specialization in Windmill Project Cargo transportation. For more information, please visit www.seshipmanagement.com.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation