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SnakeWays tracks North with Lars Thrane and Iridium

SnakeTrack. Image source: OpenstreetMap SnakeTrack. Image source: OpenstreetMap

SnakeWays and Lars Thrane have announced the successful integration of their respective ship to shore connectivity products utilising the recently announced Iridium Certus 100 satellite service.

With the assistance of their joint distributor, Hansael SIA in Latvia, the entire suite of SnakeWays services has been fully trialled and tested over the Lars Thrane LT-4100 terminal; ranging from the 4th generation email service; SnakeMail, through to SnakeTrack the latest innovation in vessel tracking.

The Iridium Certus 100 midband service provides a blend of capabilities for satellite connectivity, enabling smaller, lighter satellite terminals such as the LT-4100, but with IP data speeds that can support specialised applications to connect people and assets.

This integration marries Lars Thrane expertise in the design and development of shipboard satellite terminals with SnakeWays strength in developing solutions and applications that optimise the bandwidth available through those terminals.

“In many ways the integration of our connectivity services with the innovative work of Lars Thrane is a no-brainer,” said Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays. “Between the two companies we have many decades of experience working with L-band satellite networks and Iridium in particular. Both our companies have products that are ideally suited to maritime customers looking to take advantage of the world-wide service coverage of Iridium Certus.

It was our joint distributor, Hansael in Latvia that brought us together. Hansa have customers ready and waiting for our SnakeTrack solution running over the LT-4100. Prior to us launching SnakeTrack on the Iridium Certus 100 network those customers were limited to GEO based vessel tracking services which can be unreliable in the higher latitudes.”

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