SmartBox-V is a bundle of software and services from Setel running on a Cisco server which is hosted within a Cisco modular 2900 series router. The box enables WAN/LAN/VLAN architecture on demand.
At the same time, the Cisco Integrated Service Router (ISR) offers bandwidth management, firewall, VPN, proxy and mail server, an internet gateway and telephony – all on a single platform.
This is meant to simplify on-vessel communications equipment, optimise communications themselves, and offer a set of crew welfare applications.
Cisco says that the system will help to consolidate Diamlemos’ IT infrastructure as its Unified Communications Manager will interconnect offices in Piraeus, London, Arizona and Monaco. Then the SmartBox-V, as the Cisco Cloud Connector, will be hosted on a 2900 ISR with the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) E-Series blade server.
Cisco says that the VoIP capabilities of the system in this regard will “practically eliminate vessel-to-office communication costs.”
“Cisco Cloud Connector helped us increase productivity both at sea and ashore through comprehensive unified communications, mobility, flexibility, redundancy and high availability,” said captain George Balabanos, managing director of Diamlemos Shipping.
“High performance is very important in our business, because a short delay in making a trade can lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of euros.”
Antonis Tsiboukis, Greece, Cyprus and Malta general manager at Cisco, said: “Cisco in collaboration with Setel Hellas implemented the SmartBox-V Cloud Connector with features especially for the shipping market.”
“We will continue working hard towards this target: to help organisations in the shipping industry operate more efficiently through innovative Cisco technologies.”