McMurdo’s software platform includes vessel tracking, two-way messaging, asset/document management and Automatic Identification System (AIS) display capabilities.
Iridium GO! is a portable unit which gives satellite connectivity for voice and data communications by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot to which up to five devices (smartphones, laptops or tablets) can connect.
McMurdo notes that this can be used for standard communications applications (email, two-way messaging, voice calling, Internet browsing) and for more critical operational applications (location tracking, alarm notification, electronic forms management). The fleet management application is pending certification by Iridium, “anticipated shortly,” it says.
A least-cost-routing feature allows customers to switch to the lowest cost communications option: satellite or cellular/mobile technology when in range.
“Iridium GO! is a highly attractive standalone satellite communications product, but when integrated with McMurdo Group’s fleet management and vessel operations software, the result is a powerful, maritime solution that increases productivity and streamlines operations at an affordable price,” said Irwin Rodrigues, president, McMurdo Group.