KVH Launches YourLink, Chartlink Services for Vessels at Sea
KVH Industries announced that it is launching a new service called Chartlink for ChartCo, in association with digital chart distributor ChartCo, to transmit charts and a library of navigators’ publications to vessels at sea in a timely and affordable manner. According to KVH Industries, Chartlink for ChartCo will ensure delivery of the updates needed to conduct safe voyages and comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations requiring the carriage of navigational data using an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).
KVH will transmit complete chart data and publications on a weekly basis to subscribing vessels via its IP-MobileCast content delivery service. The Chartlink for ChartCo service will be included at no additional charge to subscribers of AgilePlans by KVH, the recently introduced Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering.
KVH Industries also announced a new content delivery service called YourLink, which fleet managers and owners can use to distribute company-produced videos to all vessels in their fleet.
Crew on board can watch videos on the ship’s common-area TV and from the seafarers’ own tablets, smartphones, and PCs — without the cost of distributing DVDs or flash drives or having to wait weeks or months for shipping time.
KVH stated that YourLink supports all popular media file formats and durations, DVD-level quality, and multilingual subtitles. Reporting features built into IP-MobileCast enable KVH to inform the ship operator as to vessel delivery status and how many times the video has been played onboard. YourLink is planned for release during the second half of 2017.