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Thales begins maritime play

Thales begins maritime play Thales

Satellite communications company Thales is taking its first steps into the commercial maritime satcom market with the launch of a new system called VesseLINK, aiming to provide commercial vessels with global broadband connectivity via the Iridium network.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Thales was previously announced by Iridium as one of two equipment manufacturing partners, along with Cobham, for the upcoming Certus service on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. To date, Iridium has successfully completed one of seven launches of satellites for NEXT.

VesseLINK, which will run on that Certus service once it is launched, will be the first of the Thales marine product line.

Thales says that VesseLINK can be installed as a stand-alone system or used as a VSAT companion, and will be aimed at all sectors of the market, including commercial shipping, workboats, fishing vessels, leisure and luxury boats, and cruise ships.

The system will offer voice, text and data communications over a multi-service platform that will allow users to simultaneously communicate using IP data sessions and streaming data, supporting multiple users and devices.

Additional features include 4G LTE pairing, embedded Wi-Fi access, softphone capabilities, an optional handset, and Android and iOS support functionality.

The VesseLINK product offering will be available to customers through different service provider packages in the near future, the company said.

“Thales is pleased to be entering the commercial maritime market for the first time with a stand out satellite communications solution. VesseLINK will be the next generation in at-sea, reliable communications,” said Adam Marks, VP, strategy and marketing, Thales USA.{/mprestriction}

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