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Ericsson to provide Cloud and connectivity services to U-Ming

U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation, a marine transportation company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, has agreed a deal with Ericsson to deliver end-to-end connected vessel and voyage optimisation solutions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Ericsson's Maritime ICT Cloud service will be used by U-Ming to collect near-real-time data on vessel location and movement, and to monitor vessel speeds against manually set planned speeds, for the purposes of optimising fuel consumption and to support process automation.

In addition, Ericsson will deliver its Connected Vessel package, which will support ship-to-shore VoIP and e-mail communications for personnel on board U-Ming’s vessels.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will manage day-to-day operations and maintenance of the solution, along with initial installation and integration.

“The implementation of Ericsson's fleet management system will help U-Ming Marine Transport elevate our communications systems, enhance our crew's wellbeing and safety, and improve fuel efficiency,” said Jeff Hsu, senior vice president, U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation.

“Our partnership with Ericsson will ensure U-Ming maintains its drive to be the most operationally efficient and eco-friendly shipping company we can be. I am looking forward to the partnership and to applying Ericsson's ICT capabilities to our business.”

U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation, part of the Far Eastern Group, is the biggest bulk carrier in Taiwan with 42 vessels in operation, and this agreement represents Ericsson's first bulk carrier deal globally. Ericsson already supports Maersk Line with end-to-end systems integration, deployment and management of mobile and satellite communication for its fleet of 400 vessels.

“U-Ming choosing Ericsson's Maritime ICT Cloud is another proof that the Networked Society is taking off,” said Chris Houghton, head of region North East Asia, Ericsson.

“The combination of mobility, broadband and cloud can help every industry realise its full potential. This end-to-end solution combines Ericsson's global capabilities with our maritime domain expertise, and we look forward to working together with U-Ming.”{/mprestriction}

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