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Inmarsat opens application development centre in Norway

Inmarsat has opened a new facility in Ålesund, Norway, at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC), to ramp up its work with third party technology companies on development of applications to connect with Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider (CAP) programme.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Members of the maritime hub at NMCC, which is part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology campus and home to the Blue Maritime Cluster, are already involved in projects in areas like remote monitoring on board vessels and the use of data analytics for real-time decision making.

Inmarsat recently signed a Letter of Intent to include the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System (EMS) in the CAP, for the real-time transfer of data via Fleet Xpress. Rolls-Royce is also based at the Ålesund NMCC, where it oversees its remote monitoring, data analysis, and ship performance strategy.

“Ålesund opens a new chapter for the CAP programme and Inmarsat’s strategy to work with third parties on content-rich applications to populate the digital maritime world enabled by Fleet Xpress,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“We welcome all partners, whether their motivation is to develop greater operational efficiency, improve crew welfare, IT and security, or regulatory compliance.”

“In addition to creating new revenue streams for partners, application-triggered bandwidth allows users to choose to dedicate connectivity to specific efficiency measures or for the application to trigger bandwidth ‘dynamically’ and transparently.”{/mprestriction}

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