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Uniformity in Connectivity Necessary for Platform Success
31 May, 2017

Inmarsat's Ronald Spithout explains to Lloyd's List why service providers should operate under a uniform compatibility standard in order to optimise efficiency and safety. 


Uniformity in Connectivity Necessary for Digital Success

by Anastassios Adamopoulos

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Inmarsat touts itself as enabler of communication between onboard applications

DIGITAL platforms must be ready to connect multiple onboard applications in a uniform manner, according to one of the world’s biggest satellite and bandwidth providers.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout told Lloyd’s List during Nor-Shipping that the providers of services on board vessels, such as electronic chart display and information systems, engines and propulsion systems, should essentially operate under a uniform compatible standard to optimise efficiency as well as safety.

Mr Spithout’s comments echo others in the world of digital progress, where the significance of open standards and interoperability of systems to a properly functioning digital future have been stressed.

“A vessel manager, a vessel owner for that matter, needs to stay his own course. So he should buy a basic platform with communication on it, as long as that platform is open and ready to connect all the applications on board,” he said.

“A vessel manager, a vessel owner for that matter, needs to stay his own course. So he should buy a basic platform with communication on it, as long as that platform is open and ready to connect all the applications on board.” 

The London-listed satellite and broadband provider has seen a significant increase in adoption of its Fleet Xpress bandwidth system, with around 250 vessel installations each month currently. Launched just over a year ago, the system has been installed in around 10,000 vessels.

Tanker owners were the early adopters of Fleet Xpress, followed by container vessels, as well as some managers. Inmarsat announced on Wednesday a deal with Wallem Group for its whole fleet, with Mr Spithout noting that unlike in the past, vessel managers were now making decisions for the whole fleet instead of individual vessels.

Inmarsat is, in this sense, an enabler of digital platforms, Mr Spithout argued, with the main missing link being communication among a vessel’s different applications.

“We are not software providers. We are not application providers. But we could very well be the uniform enabler of all these things onboard a vessel,” he said.

Satellite communications will play important role in the maritime digital world, as it requires connectivity and broadband all over the globe, Mr Spithout added.

“I think the market is ready for a uniform new definition of connectivity. Diversity in that sense is just hampering the adoption of applications,” he said, adding that owners and operators need to know that if they have something on board a vessel, it will work.

 

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