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SRH and Inmarsat in ECDIS data tie-up for FB

SRH Marine Electronics and Inmarsat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the companies collaborate on the management of ECDIS updates via Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The agreement will allow SRH’s Automated Digital Services Platform to transmit updates to vessels fitted with FleetBroadband terminals through a dedicated FleetBroadband application Access Point Network (APN), covering official charts, Notices to Mariners and navigational publications, as well as  data required for voyage planning and route optimisation tools.

“Using our new FleetBroadband Application APN, ship owners and managers will be able to update ECDIS charts seamlessly via the SRH Platform, and on demand without interrupting their primary bandwidth service,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“This signifies a huge milestone in the development of applications for our L-band services and many more will follow in the next few months as we continue to roll-out enhancements to FleetBroadband.”

Laboratory tests of the system have already been completed at Inmarsat’s research and development centre in Alesund, Norway, and SRH says that it is currently conducting sea-trials of the service ahead of a full commercial roll-out.

“Our collaboration with Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, marks a brand-new era in e-Navigation. The flagship FleetBroadband services globally offered by Inmarsat will help optimise ECDIS performance with a constantly updated source of data,” said John Laderos, CEO of SRH Marine Electronics.

“A sensor agnostic platform, compatible with all ECDIS types, will serve the transmission of data through high-speed connectivity services, provided by Inmarsat. The global fleet is expected to tremendously benefit from this expert combination.”

“This innovative solution enables SRH to efficiently meet the evolving demands of the international marine technology market for high-tech navigation tools and strengthen our commitment to navigate the future.”{/mprestriction}

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