Sea Technology

MAY 2017

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Page 17 of 68 May 2017 / st 17 T he maritime sector is at the begin- ning of a significant digital trans- formation that is revolutionizing the merchant shipping and oil and gas offshore markets. In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in attitude toward expectations of connectivity at sea, and the ex- panding use of data on board ves- sels will only continue to grow apace as shipowners look at new ways to connect and monitor their vessels, allowing them to realize tangible improvements in operational efficiency and profitability. As a direct result of the increased de- mand for connectivity, there has been a significant increase in the demand for sat- ellite communications services in the maritime sector, and this will continue to grow as the industry moves further toward its digital future. Key to driving real improvements in operational efficien- cy and profitability across the global fleet is to look beyond the satellites and antennas in isolation and instead seek to employ a comprehensive smart solution that is based on in- telligence and is tailored to suit all of the onboard commu- nications needs of each vessel. This offers a huge array of benefits to shipowners who have been hit in recent times by challenging economic con- ditions. Gaining access to a flow of information from their vessels enables them to manage their fleets in a much more efficient manner, which may prove to be a vital determining factor in the survival of the fittest. What Fleet Operators Want Companies that operate vessels and offshore assets re- quire the capability to monitor their fleets remotely and in great detail. As the digital revolution continues to develop, the capabilities and management of satellite communica- tions technologies will need to stay ahead of the curve. Owners want to know about fuel usage, monitor the en- gines onboard their vessels, access weather data, be able to send data to and from headquarters, access email, voice and other communi- cations services, and they want to retain a crew they have invested in training. To have access to all these capabilities, data-centric ser- vices are becoming increasingly important to shipping companies. They want to be able to access the Cloud in order to manage their fleets effectively. They need to use big data analytics and employ automated ser- vices and video stream- ing applications as part of fleet management. They must also offer crew access to their personal mo- bile devices so that crew members can keep in touch with friends and family during recreation time, and they must provide not only entertainment services, such as streaming films, TV and news, but also training opportunities to en- hance crew development while on board the ship. A Big Opportunity for Satcom The maritime industry needs satellite communications. Satellite serves the mobility market very well. Analyst firm Euroconsult forecasts a doubling of the global market over the next 10 years. There is a great deal of promise that lies ahead. This is be- ing driven by the demand for data communications, as well as the deployment of new high throughput satellite (HTS) systems. The strength of this demand is demonstrated through the fact that Intellian Technologies, specializing in stabilized satellite antenna systems, is the fastest growing marine elec- tronics company in the world, with a year-on-year growth in excess of 30 percent. Ultimate Communications Flexibility at Sea Stabilized Maritime Antennas Using High Throughput Satellite Systems By Matthew Galston The Intellian v100GX system.

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