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Orange, BlueTide Expand Marine Comms with Satellite

By | November 3, 2017
      A shuttle tanker approaching the Alvheim FPSO in the North Sea. Photo: Wikimedia.

      A shuttle tanker approaching the Alvheim FPSO in the North Sea. Photo: Wikimedia.

      Orange Business Services and BlueTide Communications are collaborating to expand their maritime communications capabilities. The two companies will combine Orange’s global satellite network with BlueTide’s specialized maritime solutions to power the navigation, cybersecurity, voice and video, corporate applications, and asset management for vessels in the work-boat industry.

      Orange is providing BlueTide with managed global Ku-band Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) capacity, with the ability to switch to alternative satellite beams for seamless global coverage. BlueTide can provide vessels with live video surveillance, cybersecurity, and systems monitoring — all solutions delivered over the Orange network.

      According to Orange, its satellite network can ensure consistent coverage in remote regions, opening more shipping lanes for travel. It also ensures communications for voice, video, and data. A ship at sea would therefore be able to give and receive real-time updates on its navigation path, better predict inclement weather, and access corporate applications in the cloud. Orange highlighted the impact on crew welfare as well, with ships having the full amenities of home, including internet, movies, TV shows and phone service.

      Reliable broadband connectivity can also support the remote monitoring of a ship’s mechanical components, enabling predictive maintenance. The same network can be used to remotely track pieces of cargo in transit to ascertain location, supply levels, temperature, travel conditions, and security.