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IEC Telecom unveils leisure boat satcoms system

IEC Telecom will unveil its new communications solution to the yachting community during this year’s annual Skagen race, taking place from May 29 to 31.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}InTouch is an all-in-one communications solution that enables small vessels and leisure boats to stay connected wherever they are and regardless of whether they are in port or at sea.

The innovative system connects via one WiFi link and seamlessly switches between port WiFi to LTE/GSM and Satellite systems. This enables the captain and crew to maintain continuous communication at all times as the vessel sails.

“We are excited to bring this ground-breaking communications solution to Skagen and to reveal its benefits to the yachting community. Sailors have enough to concentrate on without having to worry about their communications systems dropping in and out of connection. Our InTouch system will provide new ways of communicating effectively and safely at sea,” said Alf Stian Mauritz, VP, business development IEC Telecom Group and managing director of IEC Telecom Norway.

InTouch provides connectivity via a LTE 4G satellite antenna, which is omni-directional and enables world-wide coverage, operating via a voice handset or mini server. InTouch can be operated via a choice of satellites including Iridium Certus, Inmarsat FleetOne and Thuraya VSAT.

InTouch provides full control over communications systems with a range of additional options. The system operates from an advanced control dashboard, which enables coms use and costs to be carefully monitored. IEC Telecom also provides two-stage filtration with advanced web and application filters, optimised email software to reduce the amount of data used, and crew vouchers for online connection. Onshore and offshore teams can rely on different dashboards to enable full visibility of the vessel’s location as well as all the onboard communication aspects.

 InTouch will be launched during this year’s iconic Skagen yacht race, of which IEC Telecom is a leading sponsor. The race will see 300 yachts sail from various locations in the Scandinavian region to meet in Skagen harbour, Denmark.{/mprestriction}

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    Demand for faster and cheaper connectivity at sea is set to increase as sailing is recognised as a safer place to work, travel and holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic says satcom specialist IEC Telecom, which is experiencing an increase in enquiries from vessel operators in the maritime leisure sector.

    With ‘lockdowns’ and restrictions easing in some parts of the world, yacht owners are now able to enjoy ‘social distancing’ onboard their vessels, which is leading to a boost in demand for high-speed connectivity and increased bandwidth capacity. With the focus on social distancing, yachts are becoming increasingly attractive remote offices for those able to attend to business matters while enjoying the open sea, sunshine and fresh air. During this challenging time, sailors have an increased need to stay connected for both personal and operational purposes as well as to avoid the need to go ashore as much as possible.

    The signs are pointing to an upsurge in leisure boating. Yacht chartering is seen as one of the safest ways to enjoy a break at present due to the minimal contact charterers have with other people. Yachts are considered to be more hygienic, given the ratio of crew to guests and the exclusivity of being on a private boat. Affluent consumers are looking for getaways with fewer crowds, more privacy and the ability to gather privately with those closest to them. The Boat Affair platform (whose rentals are available in more than 60 countries) has seen a 23 per cent increase in requests from customers who traditionally would opt for a hotel vacation or a seaside resort but are now seeking a safer alternative. And, according to a new survey by LuggageHero, 25 per cent of travellers report they will try to avoid crowded commercial flights and public transportation in a post-coronavirus world.

    Meanwhile, in countries where travel is still restricted, many larger leisure boats and super yachts remain fully crewed and operational – also leading to increased need for connectivity as crews try to stay in touch with family and friends while conducting as many ship operations as possible via remote techniques. With crew restricted to remaining on the vessel in many places, higher speeds and larger bandwidth capacity is needed to provide leisure activities too.

    The leisure boat sector was initially hit hard by international lockdowns and is now incurring additional costs for deep cleaning, personal protective equipment, virus testing etc which are not generally reflected in the charter fees. As a result, systems which allow to optimise bandwidth consumption in order to reduce expenses on communication are proving popular with consumers looking to install or upgrade yacht connectivity systems.

    Gwenael Loheac, chief executive officer Western & Southern Europe for IEC Telecom said: “Data traffic on leisure vessels has increased during this crisis period because crew, vessel operators and passengers need to exchange information on a more regular basis. In response to COVID-19, we are seeing increased demand for flexible tariffs to enable leisure vessel operators to adapt quickly to fluctuating connectivity requirements. Fortunately, we are well-placed to meet these needs, having a wide portfolio of solutions designed to provide best user experience, while keeping communications costs at bay.

    IEC Telecom recently launched OneGate Marine Compact, a new lightweight digital solution with a network management system which provides full visibility over on-board network assets (both satellite and GSM) and enables vessel owners to control expenses and optimise consumption via a digital dashboard.

    Mr Loheac commented: “OneGate Marine Compact was developed to cater to all major requirements of the leisure boat sector – addressing their needs for speed, bandwidth and cost optimisation. OneGate Marine Compact is an agile, lightweight, highly-adaptable and easy-to-install digital communications system which gives complete access to the benefits of digital connectivity even on smaller vessels. At this challenging time this system is providing many of the answers yacht owners need to enable them to conduct online business and leisure activities safely and securely.”

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