XChange was introduced in the summer of 2011, and its third version was released this spring.
Designed to optimise voice and IP communications between ship and office, it is a component of the Pharostar VSAT services.
XChange v3 allows for vessel IT to be monitored from shore. It also introduces Wi-Fi connectivity to crew through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solution, so users can make calls, send messages and access the Internet using their own smartphones and tablets.
Airbus DS says that XChange is being used by 122 major shipping companies and service providers as an on board IT management solution.
“We’re delighted to have reached 1,000 XChange systems delivered,” said Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime satellite communications activities. “As a key part of our AuroraGlobal network concept and the Pharostar and Pharostar Plus services, XChange will continue to evolve in order to meet the changing requirements of our diverse user-base.”
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military.