Uplogix customer Orange Business Services was recently awarded a five-year $12 million contract from BW Offshore for an end-to-end satellite communications solution. The project will connect over a dozen vessels and two land-based locations, bringing offshore personnel access to the same business applications, communications and entertainment services at sea as on land.
The concept of an offshore vessel as an extension of the home office is built on reliable satellite connections with sufficient bandwidth and low latency that make it possible to roll out services like VoIP and unified communications along with applications for vessel diagnostics, cargo monitoring and scheduling. Here are some examples:
- A connected ship can be closely monitored and managed from the home office, allowing an expert onshore to monitor multiple vessels at a time ensuring maintenance can be scheduled proactively – avoiding costly unscheduled servicing.
- Exact positioning and cargo information can help with maximizing efficiency of the fleet and responding to ever-changing weather conditions on a global basis.
- Crew welfare can be improved greatly by keeping them connected with loved ones at home as well as current news and sporting events.