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SpeedCast launches communications management system

SpeedCast has launched its new SIGMA Net device for network management on shipping vessels and at other remote sites, designed specifically to operate over VSAT and MSS.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}SIGMA Net is an industrial-grade device used to automate management of multiple WAN links, incorporating firewall and Virtual Private Network capabilities when connecting the vessel to the internet while also offering a range of methods to regulate internet access, including rejection of update services for Windows or mobile devices.

Voice calling across multiple satellite terminals can be managed using SIGMA Net’s integrated VoIP server, allowing a caller to choose the outbound call route via a prefix. National numbers can also be allocated, allowing for local calling from shore to a vessel.

Feature and performance enhancements are also automatically applied, so that software is kept up to date without the need for human intervention.

SIGMA Net will come with integrated crew services, including pre-paid PIN-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) internet and voice calling options, as well as managed network segmentation between business, crew or M2M networks.

A Cloud-based SIGMA Net Portal allows shore offices to provide remote management and configuration, with any configuration changes made in the portal replicated to the SIGMA Net terminals, and with full auditing of amendments recorded.

The configuration of the unit is also synchronised and stored in the Cloud system for redundancy, while interactive reporting of all data transferred via the SIGMA Net WAN links on board is provided within the portal.

Danaos Shipping in Greece has been one of the early adopters of the system, testing the unit on its globally operating container ships.

“SIGMA Net has introduced a new degree of connection and network management to the Danaos fleet,” said Vassilis Fotinias, vessel IT manager at Danaos Shipping.

“The SIGMA Net Portal provides a web interface that enables remote configuration of SIGMA Net terminals across our fleet. The reporting provided by the SIGMA Net Portal gives us full visibility on traffic sent and received via the WAN links.”

“Our vessel IT support team is able to easily and quickly resolve problems on board via SIGMA Net. The Danaos crew are extremely happy with the SIGMA Net prepaid vouchers for internet access or crew calling.”{/mprestriction}

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