--Sandigan reports improved applications performance and crew
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading
global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it has been selected by Sandigan Ship
Services, Inc. to deploy the Inmarsat FleetBroadband satellite
communications service on Sandigan's fleet of commercial vessels.
Based in The Philippines, Sandigan manages a global fleet that includes
bulk carriers and car carriers. FleetBroadband from Stratos already has
been successfully deployed on 12 Sandigan vessels. Deployment on the
remainder of the fleet is expected to be completed by the end of this
The Sandigan contract is the latest example of Stratos' successful
deployment of FleetBroadband on a wide range of vessel types across all
major geographic regions. Stratos has activated more than 9,000
FleetBroadband terminals worldwide.
By ensuring reliable broadband connectivity at sea, FleetBroadband from
Stratos is helping Sandigan achieve optimal vessel performance,
improved business operations and increased crew productivity. For
Sandigan, Stratos fully integrated FleetBroadband with its
sophisticated AmosConnect application, to improve management of all
Sandigan also improves crew welfare by deploying Stratos' AmosConnect
Crew CommCenter. The solution enables personnel at sea to stay in
contact with home via calling, private email and SMS at affordable,
flat global rates. The solution's high functionality helps retain
qualified seafarers. The application features an easily manageable,
separate account for each crewmember.
The integrated communications solution that Stratos is deploying for
Sandigan includes an Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro satellite phone on each
vessel, for backup voice communications. An IsatPhone Pro is installed
at Sandigan's headquarters office as well. Sandigan also is deploying
Stratos' GSM Oceanwide solution, which enables crewmembers to use their
personal GSM phones to communicate with family and friends by voice and
This deployment for Sandigan includes the full range of The Stratos
Advantage value-added services for which Stratos has become well known.
Those services - which are helping Sandigan attain the highest possible
FleetBroadband performance, security and cost control - include the
online Stratos Dashboard, which provides Sandigan with cost and traffic
control, online invoicing, firewall management and many other benefits.
"FleetBroadband from Stratos is meeting our high expectations by
enabling us to achieve faster data transmission and better voice
quality than the systems we previously used - at a lower cost," said
Sandigan President, Capt. Tomoyoshi Yanagita. "The service has
increased the performance of many of the IP-based applications on which
we depend. This has enabled us to improve business management."
Capt. Yanagita added, "Stratos provided a comprehensive approach to this
deployment. Their Singapore support team analyzed our data traffic and
provided a range of options. They patiently helped us reduce
communications costs and improve the performance of critical
applications such as BASSnet, our planned maintenance software.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "This FleetBroadband solution
is carefully designed to help Sandigan meet its objective of deploying
the latest integrated management systems to achieve the highest levels
of customer service. We look forward to helping Sandigan use our
expanding range of new applications to maintain high operating
efficiency and a competitive advantage."
For Sandigan, this FleetBroadband system provides an optimal data
connection for numerous other onboard applications, including planned
maintenance systems, purchase systems and remote management - which
allows Sandigan headquarters personnel to manage the ship's computers
without visiting the vessel.
With FleetBroadband from Stratos, Sandigan now has the capability to
achieve high-performance, direct remote access to the ship's computer
terminals, the FleetBroadband terminal and the onboard firewall via
popular remote-support applications. In the future, Sandigan has the
option to use FleetBroadband from Stratos for engine-performance
analysis and emissions monitoring, to help reduce fuel costs and comply
with emissions regulations.
About FleetBroadband from Stratos
Stratos has activated more than 9,000 FleetBroadband systems across all
major geographic regions and vessel types. FleetBroadband from Stratos
provides cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications -
available simultaneously - at speeds up to 432kbps. FleetBroadband from
Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed IP data rates, regardless of
the vessel's location. The above-deck, stabilized, compact directional
antennas are smaller than most existing Inmarsat Fleet products used
FleetBroadband also helps Stratos continue to provide ship managers with
innovative crew-communications solutions, to support the recruitment
and retention of well-trained seafarers. For example, FleetBroadband
from Stratos now is available with a pre-paid web-browsing solution and
other valuable services.
Communications managers have discovered that FleetBroadband from Stratos
can be rapidly deployed across an entire fleet and, as a standard IP
service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals
operate globally and the user interface is standard across all
products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP service, as well
as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy
applications. Terminal costs are relatively low and the network
supports all the latest security protocols.
Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship
managers with optimal communications performance, management control
and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile
satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to
more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. In addition to
FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime
broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort, maritime VSAT
services and Inmarsat XpressLink - which combines FleetBroadband with
VSAT to provide a highly flexible migration path toward Inmarsat's
Global Xpress services.
FleetBroadband from Stratos Features The Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of The Stratos Advantage, FleetBroadband from Stratos
is elevated far above baseline FleetBroadband services. The value-added
services comprising The Stratos Advantage, including Stratos Dashboard,
provide users with cost and traffic control, high-usage metering,
firewall management, data optimization, real-time traffic overviews,
instant remote provisioning, high security options, easy VPN access,
messaging services and a full range of IP options.
In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage, Stratos works with
application partners to deliver broadband business solutions in key
maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management,
remote management, IT management and cargo management, which help
reduce fuel and operations costs and improve crew and customer
satisfaction. Maritime customers can secure more information on
FleetBroadband from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager or
by visiting www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.
About Sandigan Ship Services, Inc.
Founded in 2002, Sandigan has become one of Asia's leading
ship-management companies. Its services include technical management,
crew management, training, insurance, reporting, new building
supervision, pre-purchase inspections and condition surveys. For more
information, please visit www.sandiganship.com.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Stratos is the official supplier of onboard email for the 2011-2012
Volvo Ocean Race, the world's premier yacht race. Stratos' AmosConnect
8 communications service is providing crew members with access to email
during this grueling race around the world. For more information, visit
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
For further information:
Director, Corporate Communications