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Comms widgets for CrewXchange

SingTel, in collaboration with the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, has developed 46 widgets specially designed for its CrewXchange portal to help seafarers plan their stay in Singapore.

Fully funded by the MPA, the widgets provide information such as important notices, accommodation reservation and a calendar of activities so crew members may plan ahead before arriving on Singapore shores.

CrewXchange@SingTel is a hub which lets seafarers access news feeds, social media, web mail, instant messaging and e-learning content.

One of its widgets, VoiceLink, allows them to talk with their relatives and friends. SingTel claims that it features “the industry’s lowest proprietary CODEC of 2.15 kbps” bandwidth and therefore uses three times less bandwidth than some other Voice over IP applications.

Crew members can use text and voice chat with the system, and can also select from three call quality options to better control their call expenses.

While using VoiceLink, seafarers can also surf Facebook, send e-greetings and read news on CrewXchange@SingTel’s site, according to the Singaporean telecommunications company.

CrewXchange@SingTel is a free service and crew members can invite their friends and family to become members of the portal.

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