Corsica Ferries will equip five vessels operating between continental France and Corsica ahead of the peak season this summer.
VAVE (Value Added Voyage Experience) utilises a vessel’s GSM signal and Wi-Fi network to create an ‘onboard cloud’ that all mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.) can be part of. Users can then access a range of services – such as messaging over Wi-Fi, or onboard retail/booking systems – while shipowners can target individual handsets with personalised messages.
MCP, a subsidiary of Telenor, tested VAVE on the Mega Express Five, one of the vessels of the Corsica Ferries-Sardinia Ferries fleet which operates in the Mediterranean Sea.
MCP says that the cloud created by VAVE’s onboard server solution allows content to reside locally, thus limiting VSAT costs.
VAVE is available on Apple and Android devices, as well as through web browsers. Services can be charged on a usage basis or available for free. MCP says that the VAVE portal enables access to live TV, information and commercials (weather, information about destination, discover your ship, follow the journey) and other content such as music and games.
Pierre Mattei, CEO of Corsica Ferries, said: "The solution will help our passengers to stay connected with friends and family, have access to a large range of useful content and also provide entertainment at an affordable cost.”