WaveCall Plus is part of AuroraGlobal, a new multi-band initiative launched by Airbus Defence and Space in March, and offers double data or bandwidth allowances compared with what was available in previous WaveCall packages.MSC, which was already using VSAT on board its ships, chose this new offering for use in both vessel operations and crew communications.
“We intend to enhance fleet operations through remote monitoring and management of ship systems including among others power management, propulsion control, ballast automation and cargo control and monitoring,” said technical director Aniello Mastellone.
“Our crew will also benefit from new and affordable access to the internet, multimedia content and social media in order to feel closer to home with a safe and constant telephone contact with acceptable and affordable costs, in accordance with new MLC 2006 regulations.”
Marlink says that its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Wi-Fi solution will be installed on all MSC cargo vessels, to enable MSC crew to make voice calls and access the internet in privacy using their own smartphones, tablets or laptops. The BYOD solution has been integrated into the system as part of the recently released XChange v3 platform, and is designed to optimise voice and IP communications between ship and office.
The managed-service contract signed by MSC includes the installation of a below-deck rack with a High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) capable VSAT antenna, as well as global maintenance and service support, while Marlink says it will also deploy web compression and filtering, secure VPN and SkyFile Mail Premium services (including Anti-Virus, eNoad and Mail Manager portal).
“MSC wanted a satcom solution to harmonise communications and IT across its whole fleet in order to achieve maximum operational efficiency. It needed to offer the best value for money without compromise on quality and reliability. We are pleased that MSC recognised these qualities in our new WaveCall Plus package,” said Antoine Lisse, key account manager at Marlink.
“In addition to twice the bandwidth and data allowances available previously, Wavecall Plus offers the most extensive Ku-band VSAT coverage available on the market, combined with MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) back-up for business critical communications. The flexibility we offer gives MSC the freedom to choose the connectivity service best fitting their needs today and in the future.”