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SpeedCast first to offer Inmarsat Fleet Xpress NSD software integration

SpeedCast has become the first Inmarsat partner to integrate the software element of the Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (SoftNSD) into its Fleet Xpress offering, the companies report.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Network Service Device assists third party application providers in developing and publishing applications for use over Fleet Xpress, in areas such as real-time analysis of data, including engine monitoring, weather information and fuel consumption rates.

The integration of the system will also allow SpeedCast to build its own value added solutions and applications for use over its SIGMA Gateway, a network management device providing automated management of multiple WAN links and supporting business applications on board.

“This integration demonstrates SpeedCast’s strength and speed at integrating new technologies, and reaffirms its status as one of the leading players in the maritime industry,” said Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime.

“Fully integrating the software element of the Network Service Device into SIGMA Gateway will remove hardware from the below deck rack and will allow SpeedCast to develop their own value added solutions for the maritime community within the infrastructure of Fleet Xpress.”

“With the SoftNSD now commercially available we are entering a new era of the connected ship and Inmarsat, together with its partners, are powering a new world of value added applications to drive efficiencies, support crew welfare and enhance safety and compliance.”

Last year SpeedCast and Inmarsat announced a strategic partnership to roll out Fleet Xpress to approximately 2,000 vessels over the next five years.

“SpeedCast is the first to integrate a SoftNSD, which demonstrates our commitment to bringing innovative and market-leading solutions to our customers,” said Athina Vezyri, executive vice president, maritime, SpeedCast.

“Over the coming years, we expect Fleet Xpress to be one of the key components of our maritime product portfolio and look forward to watching many of our customers benefit from the service.”{/mprestriction}

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