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GNS and Orange partner on combined VSAT and navigation software packages

Paul Stanley, CEO of GNS Paul Stanley, CEO of GNS

Global Navigation Solutions has announced a tie-up with Orange Business Services to offer combined packages which will include VSAT services and GNS’ navigation software systems on a subscription basis.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This new service will feature tailored packages that combine both VSAT and navigational information, with access to unlimited data which the companies say will not be subject to fair use policies, meaning applications such as video streaming will be fully permitted across the network.

GNS’ Voyager on board navigation software will be optimised for use with the VSAT to streamline the transfer of data and improve the efficiency of digital navigation. This will include processes such as navigational data downloads, use of virtual servers, remote diagnostics and on board system security monitoring.

The service will also make use of Orange’s global Virtual Private Network capabilities to allow shipping companies to communicate securely between ship and shore without touching the internet. Other security options are available within the packages, including Unified Threat Management to protect against cyber risk.

“The switchover to digital navigation is now well under way and for much of the maritime industry the need to access affordable satellite communications is a priority,” said Paul Stanley, GNS CEO.

“We are delighted to work with Orange, whose global infrastructure provides both the worldwide coverage and the cyber-threat protection our customers need to support safe and secure digital navigation. At the same time, we are pleased to support the drive for better connectivity for crews.”

Packages for VSAT communications with navigation services will be available on an annual subscription, with leasing options for the hardware.

“Communications combined with big data and cloud computing are true enablers to transform the shipping industry, allowing companies to access much richer data more quickly and make better and more informed decisions” said Amr Shaker, head of the satellite business unit and director international business development at Orange Business Services.{/mprestriction}

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