Inmarsat has launched Fleet Xpress Enhanced, a portfolio of connectivity products to support the digital transformation of the maritime industry.
The world’s oceans can be dangerous and unpredictable but are vital for shipping, food, transport, and research. IoT sensors can help with minimising risks while supporting critical operational and sustainability efforts.
“This latest evolution of Fleet Xpress is not a standard VSAT service – it is a versatile, fully integrated modular solution offering our valued customers a path to operational efficiency, decarbonisation, and enhanced crew welfare,” said Ben Palmer, President of Inmarsat Maritime.
“The combination of the world’s most secure and reliable satellite network with our existing range of value-added connectivity solutions is supporting digitalisation across the industry and improving the safety and performance of international shipping operations.”
Fleet Xpress is powered by Inmarsat’s global Ka-band satellite network and is enhanced with the Fleet Edge platform which harnesses the power of edge computing and enables the company’s partners to integrate their value-added services and host applications.
Inmarsat says the connectivity provided by Fleet Xpress supports everything from email and basic office applications to the latest IoT-powered solutions.
According to a survey conducted by Wärtsilä Marine Business, two-thirds of shipping companies have begun their digital journeys. Furthermore, 69 percent of them are currently exploring digital solutions.
“The digitalisation of the global shipping industry is putting further pressure on companies to accelerate their transformation projects, and overcome their unique connectivity challenges,” explains Palmer.
Inmarsat is continuing to boost its satellite network ahead of expected significant growth over the coming years. At the end of 2021, the company launched the first of its new generation I-6 satellites.
The I-6 satellites are Inmarsat’s first hybrid satellites, featuring both L-band (ELERA) and Ka-band communications payloads.
Inmarsat is hosting its ELEVATE event at 6pm on 10 May 2022 at Cisco Lounge, Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA.
Attendees can enjoy some drinks and networking while learning how ELERA can help with your IoT deployments. Tech pioneer Kevin Ashton – who first coined the term “Internet of Things” – will also be giving a speech on his view of the current and future IoT market.
More details about Inmarsat ELEVATE can be found here.
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