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Thuraya and IEC Telecom offer all-in-one voice, tracking and monitoring solution

Thuraya has introduced a new maritime voice solution with advanced two-way tracking and monitoring capabilities to improve vessel tracking and monitoring, crew welfare, and voice communications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} MarineStar is Thuraya’s new flagship voice terminal for entry-level maritime users. The solution, which is available as part of IEC Telecom’s satcom portfolio, enables satellite calls to landlines, mobile phones and other satellite phones and can also connect to a standard analogue phone as an extension or an onboard PBX.

Thuraya MarineStar offers functionality in multiple languages to users and system integrators. A range of physical interfaces will support multiple sensors and third-party devices. Sensor information can be transmitted easily and affordably, supporting on-board monitoring of operations. The device also enables over-the-air programming and remote terminal access.

Low-cost, high-quality voice calls support day-to-day operations and keep crew in touch with shore while at sea. The MarineStar is backed by local numbering plan and GSM roaming over the Thuraya satellite network. As a result, users continue to stay connected on GSM numbers even outside terrestrial coverage.   

MarineStar is based on the same platform as other Thuraya voice hardware and is particularly suited to small vessels, while being highly scalable to satisfy the operational requirements of larger vessels. The service will be available through Thuraya’s global distribution network and will cover the world’s busiest sea routes and fishing hotspots within the Thuraya satellite footprint.

According to Thuraya, high demand for Thuraya MarineStar is anticipated from within the global fishing industry, which is under increasing pressure to curb unreported and unregulated fishing. The MarineStar makes compliance simple by bundling all the essential elements into one affordable package. Key applications include Geofencing, Tracking, Alerts and Fish Catch Reporting. Tracking is packaged as an end-to-end turnkey service based on time, distance, speed and area, with no extra hardware required. An SOS button is included for use in emergencies.

Thuraya MarineStar is also ideal for regional merchant fleets needing a backup alternative to radio communications, GSM, VSAT or any other primary voice communication service.

“Thuraya MarineStar represents a new and important chapter in Thuraya’s maritime portfolio. With more than 300K small vessels expected to benefit from the service, we are looking forward to working with our distribution partners to roll out Thuraya MarineStar worldwide and benefit from strong potential demand from users for this game-changing solution,” said Shawkat Ahmed, chief commercial officer of Thuraya.

Nabil Ben Soussia, IEC Telecom VICE PRESIDENT - MARITIME, said: “We are excited to unveil this product together with Thuraya, our strategic partner. Thuraya MarineStar delivers the reassurance of constant connectivity and communications and can cater to the operational requirements of a wide variety of small and specialised vessels, such as workboats and fishing boats.” {/mprestriction}

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