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INTERSCHALT teams up with MTN Communications

German-based software provider INTERSCHALT has announced that it has teamed up with MTN Communications to deliver VSAT communications services to its customers.

MTN will provide the C- and Ku-band satellite and network infrastructure through which INTERSCHALT will provide fleet management and vessel monitoring solutions.

"By combining MTN's redundant and globally accessible network of C- and Ku-band, excellent support available 24/7 on both sides, and our bespoke solutions, we will be able to offer our customers a unique service,” said INTERSCHALT CEO Robert Gärtner.

With the MTN service, INTERSCHALT's fleet solution will offer internet access for ships, telephone calls, TV and (internet) radio programmes, e-mail traffic and the transmission of data information from Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs).

The MTN service also enables electronic charts to be transmitted with priority, says INTERSCHALT.

In addition, data from INTERSCHALT’s fleet management software Bluefleet and vessel monitoring solution Bluetracker will be made available to shipping companies on shore in real-time via MTN’s Ku-band and C-band services. The data gathered enables shipowners to draw up Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and fleet benchmarks.

Data from the loading computer and INTERSCHALT's trim optimisation module (TROP) can be transmitted to further support performance monitoring.

"Shipowners have full control at all times. They can optimise their fleet's efficiency and hence reduce costs due to the availability of performance information in real time,” said Mr Gärtner.

INTERSCHALT also provides a centralised onshore control station. It says that its Fleet Operation Center captures the real-time status of every ship in the fleet, including the actual traffic situation, and can detect hazardous situations early on and take any necessary measures.

INTERSCHALT and MTN's solutions comprise antennae of between 0.80m and 2.40m. 

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