The Dubai-based operator says that the terminal, designed and manufactured for Thuraya by Addvalue of Singapore, is capable of standard IP data transfer at rates up to 444kbps and asymmetric streaming capabilities of 16kbps-384kbps.
In addition to voice and data capabilities, software components include a built-in firewall, Wi-Fi and a fleet tracking feature. Atlas IP also offers the possibility to configure and limit data sessions by time or volume through a multi-lingual web interface.
Corporate users wanting to take advantage of specific applications can choose a customisation option to have their application embedded on the terminal's core module.
The terminal is designed to support operational efficiency on-board ship through Port Forwarding, automatically forwarding data from shipboard equipment and devices to support M2M reporting routines.
Land-based users can connect to the ship's sensors remotely and receive data without the intervention of the crew, while a continuous GPS output enables position reporting in NMEA 2000 format.
"Atlas IP represents an option for users who want an added value terminal that can act as a shipboard hub," said Randy Roberts, vice president of Innovation at Thuraya.
The Thuraya satellite network provides L-band coverage spanning Northern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South Asia and Australia. The Atlas IP terminal is scheduled to be released from September 2014 and will be available from all Thuraya Service Partners.