Satcomms

Screaming for bandwidth? The shipowner and service provider perspective

When Satellite Network Operator Intelsat hosted a workshop in Copenhagen earlier this month, it brought together local players for a timely briefing of the VSAT/HTS landscape. MaritimeInsight was asked to moderate an informal discussion with Søren Andersen, General Manager, Marine Standards for Nordic Tankers and Freddie Hansen, CEO and Managing Director of Furuno Danmark, seeking their [more…]

Yes we can! (maybe)

With the political fervour in the US growing daily stronger it seemed appropriate that the 2016 Satellite show followed hard on the heels of the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor on the outskirts of Washington DC.  But even once the politicos had departed, the prevailing mood echoed the incumbent president’s best-known slogan. There is [more…]

Maritime satellite gets with the programme

Maritime communications spent a long time being of little interest to most people. Beyond safety requirements, it took the dotcom boom to generate a significant uptick in activity, as software entrepreneurs discovered this ‘untapped’ market. That ended with the dotcoms going belly up, but the Rubicon had been crossed. There was now a clear realisation that [more…]

Five things it would be good to hear at Satellite 2015

Young people tell me that the listicle is the way to go (flexible length, no need to build narrative flow) so here’s what I’m hoping for from Satellite 2015 next week. From a maritime industry perspective, few of these things are likely: Satellite is peer-to-peer show more concerned with orbital insertion and the potential of [more…]

It’s true, the future is a foreign country

The strange object has recently found in a Shanghai coffee shop. The item, which resembles a single sheet of paper made of black wafer-thin Perspex has, after some head-scratching, been identified as a highly-advanced tablet computer. Its password cracked, it has been revealed as the iPad belonging to a shipping industry executive working in the [more…]

Man bites dog: unmanned ships and the future of navigation

A few weeks before Posidonia I spoke to Roger Adamson of Futurenautics about his upcoming seminar on unmanned ships and more generally about autonomous ships for my client Global Navigation Solutions. The piece didn’t run on Great Circle in the end but I’m happy to publish it here. In the future, so the old pilot’s [more…]

Safety divided by competition won’t go

There have been some puzzling headlines in the past week or so following the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to give recognition to the bid by satellite services provider Iridium to run the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. The IMO sub-committee on Navigation, Communications, Search and Rescue (NSCR) gave the nod to [more…]

M2M and mad cows – through the mobility looking glass

Can satellite ever really go mainstream? It’s a nice idea, but one that has already claimed some scalps among those who have modelled the concept only to find the reality rather different. Two of those (fully resuscitated) examples were present on the MSS CEO panel at Satellite 2014 along with Inmarsat and Thuraya. Iridium and [more…]