TELEMAR TO LAUNCH SEAMORE FOR SEAMLESS ONBOARD COMMUNICATIONS VIA SMARTPHONE AND TABLETS
Groundbreaking business and crew communications and apps through broadband terminals without extra cost
1 March 2012- Telemar, the leading provider in maritime shipping, mega yachting and land satcom markets will launch SeaMore - a new joint communications solution with Vizada for the maritime community. SeaMore is a full-service communications solution which comprises access to onboard communications in privacy similar to GSM but without roaming costs, several maritime application suites, Vizada XChange and an interactive website – all easily accessed by private smartphone and tablets.
SeaMore allows seafarers to use their private smartphones and tablets, such as iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android, to connect and communicate substantially in the same way as they use onshore communications networks. SeaMore is powered by Vizada XChange, the single, integrated maritime solutions platform, which provides reliable connectivity to all satellite networks.
SeaMore will allow ship owners and managers to easily optimize their business operations. With direct 24/7 access via their tablet, captains and superintendents can access a network of business-critical applications: real-time tracking and maintenance reporting with Telemar World Service app; GPS locator; weather forecasts; optimized fleet surveillance monitored by fleet, ship or users; remote IT control; secure onboard network; “store & share” business content and templates via the onboard network; Lloyd’s list and other customizable apps.
In addition to business communications, SeaMore will enrich the seafarer’s life on board through affordable and easy to use crew communications in privacy. The crew morale will benefit from cost-effective voice calls, optimized emailing, SMS and instant messaging thanks to the GSM–like connectivity at sea. Seafarers can use personal applications and devices in privacy, potentially anywhere on board. They can enjoy web browsing with compression and caching for lower costs, free onboard news and sports content as well as videos, music, e-books or other media content shared via the onboard electronic library. Shipping companies can set usage policies and seafarers benefit from personal cost monitoring and alerts. SeaMore is currently in the beta-testing phase and will be installed on a select number of ships before its full commercial launch by July 2012.
“SeaMore is a potential game-changer in the maritime industry: mobility combined with privacy are becoming a reality for all maritime end-users. Vizada’s enhanced solution development capabilities benefits from our close understanding of end-users’ needs to roll-out a unique product with high value in terms of simplicity, convenience and applications” states Gennaro Faella, Telemar Corporate Business Development and Operations Coordination Director “Owners and managers will exploit the bandwidth to save time and money handling operations anywhere and anytime. Masters and seafarers can access their favorite newspaper every morning, view family pictures in the privacy of their cabin, and chat with loved ones”.
Patrick Decool, New Product Director, Vizada states: “At Vizada, we are very enthusiastic about this new end-user oriented approach. Working with Telemar on this project while benefiting from their experience and solutions is a great opportunity to demonstrate how rich the combined value proposition of Vizada and its distribution channel can be.”
More information on SeaMore will be available on the commercial website, www.seamore.net, which is due to be launched next week.
Telemar is an international group and a leading global provider of maritime IT solutions, such as satellite communications and navigation. The subsidiaries together with the technical network allow us to operate with an integrated model that covers global design, purchase, airtime, communication and navigation equipment integration, deployment and maintenance. Telemar is the number one provider worldwide service contracts with extensive expertise in handling direct contacts with customers, a network of partnerships and service points. Telemar operates in all shipping ports and is present in 12 markets: Italy, Germany, UK, USA, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Norway, China, Hong Kong, Santo Domingo, and Singapore. Telemar leads maritime shipping, mega yachting and land satcom markets and manages 2,000 full contracts and 10,000+ service interventions per annum. www.telemargroup.com
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