Home' Ships and Shipping : November 2009 Contents Inmarsat formally presented the type approval certificate for
Sailor 150 FleetBroadband to Thrane & Thrane during the
leading satcoms equipment manufacturer's Global Partner
Conference, held in Copenhagen earlier in the year.
The type approval confirms Sailor 150 FleetBroadband's
compatibility with official requirements and was received prior to
the first worldwide customer shipment, which left Thrane &
Thrane's Copenhagen headquarters the same week.
Sailor 150 FleetBroadband is the ideal solution for the next
phase of Inmarsat's FleetBroadband service. It features the smallest
and lightest FleetBroadband antenna to date and offers simple user
installation so smaller vessels with a requirement for global
internet and voice can enter the broadband era with a true IP
solution for the first time.
"Type Approval from Inmarsat sends a clear message that
Sailor 150 FleetBroadband is more than suitable for rugged,
professional applications... with the same high quality and
reliability as the highly regarded Sailor 250 and 500
FleetBroadband solutions," commented Casper Jensen, VP
Maritime Business Unit, Thrane & Thrane.
Sailor 150 FleetBroadband is an extremely competitive solution
that offers fast, reliable internet data and voice for business or
operational applications. Whether fulfilling reporting
requirements, diagnosing faults or simply browsing the web whilst
relaxing or passage making, Sailor 150 FleetBroadband offers
several benefits including:
• Competitively priced hardware and airtime;
• Voice and data simultaneously;
• IP connection for e-mail and internet/intranet access;
• Rugged IP handset;
• Digital satellite phone service with exceptional call quality.
"For us, receiving lnmarsat type approval and making our first
customer shipment is an important milestone that we are delighted
to have reached during our successful and very positive partner
conference," added Jensen.
For further information, please contact:
Thrane & Thrane, Denmark.
COMMUNICATION and NAVIGATION developments
November 2009 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
Inmarsat type approval for Sailor 150 FleetBroadband
From left: James Collett, Director Commercial, Inmarsat; Caspar Jensen, VP
Maritime Business Unit, Thrane & Thrane; Claus Borum, R and D Manager,
Thrane & Thrane
According to the company, Orbit
anticipates that in the near future every
moving platform -- marine, airborne or
land mobile -- will be connected to the
internet via a broadband connection.
This capability will apply to individuals
on the move; anywhere, anytime, enabling
the same natural accessibility now reserved
for home and office use for business and
data retrieval, or for personal, social, and
entertainment purposes. Orbit maintains
that it is not a question of "if" but rather of
"when" and accordingly the company is
actively pursuing this broadband mobility
trend, building towards world leadership in
the field. Orbit's advanced SatCom
solutions are part and parcel of this
internet connectivity revolution.
Mr Avi Cohen, Orbit Technology Group
CEO, said: "We've all been witnessing the
coming of a revolution in internet use.
Companies around the world are already
turning to the internet for storing their data.
Everyone's expectation to be connected at
all times no longer seems like a pipe dream,
and with the future availability of the
technology to meet these expectations,
being able to offer the products that utilise
these technologies becomes imperative.
"Technology today is becoming smaller
and, at the same time, more powerful and
broader in its range of applications. The
miniaturisation of the technology, coupled
with the internet's evolution into the global
information service hub for everyone, mean
that the type of connectivity levels expected
in the marketplace from here on out make it
essential for those companies offering
solutions (like us) to continue to innovate",
This year Orbit Technology Group
introduced the OrSat-G.
Building on the success of its venerable
predecessor, Orbit's "Global-Ku Marine
Stabilised Antenna" (OrSat-G) can support
the connectivity requirements of different
satellites under any sea conditions
worldwide. It is type-approved by the major
satellite companies, whose chain of
spot-beams enables coverage for
ocean-crossing shipping routes.
The enhanced capabilities of OrSat-G
are based on automatic beam switching
(ABS), co- or cross-polarisation, different
power limitations, and Global LNB. Orbit's
new OrSat-G provides non-stop internet
connectivity onboard vessels with
Like its predecessor, the OrSat-G
continues to distinguish itself through
sophisticated and innovative design -- simple
to operate with plug-and-play architecture --
and admirable cost-effectiveness throughout
its life cycle.
"We build methodically on the success of
our existing systems so we can offer our
clients continuous connectivity, regardless
of the inherent challenges presented by
technology, the environment, or the
platform," said Mr Cohen.
Some new Fleet Management
capabilities have been added to the
OrSat-G to allow remote monitoring of
vessels' positioning as well as critical
parameters of all systems in a fleet via
Google Earth. Moreover, a remote
backdoor communication link guarantees
access to these systems through alternate
emergency communication links that
might be available on ships. A reliable and
flexible Ku-Band VSAT system, the OrSat-G
stabilised antenna is, according to Orbit,
the optimal platform for Global-Ku as well
as regional applications -- "one system to
meet all your global needs".
For further information contact:
Orbit Technology Group, Israel.
The OrSat Antenna
Orbit meets the future with OrSat-G
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