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October 29th, 2014

Sophisticated One-Stop-Shop For Maritime Comms

[SatNews] Marlink and maritime IT specialist Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will improve access to sophisticated IT services in the maritime industry.

Palantir’s IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space’s extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C- and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimize communications and operations.

AuroraGlobal provides high throughput services set to address the growing needs of markets including government, maritime and enterprise.

Through the agreement, Palantir, a supplier of managed maritime IT products and services will support Marlink in taking increased responsibility for its customers’ IT systems on board. Marlink will provide customers with access to Palantir’s portfolio of services.

Palantir’s KeepUp@Sea managed IT service monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and across a fleet, allowing IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely. Combined with AuroraGlobal, Palantir’s IT solutions enable shipowners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency while reducing maintenance costs through standardization and remote management. KeepUp@Sea gives fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board vessels.

“SATCOMs is one of the key enablers of our products and services, so it makes sense for us to work closely with the leading connectivity agnostic maritime satcom company,” said Palantir AS President Arvid Dregelid. “Together, our respective capabilities become of better value for the customer, and we will be able to develop even more advanced solutions to improve vessel efficiency and reduce the cost of running a fleet.”

“This strategic partnership strengthens our ability to respond better to our customer requirements to act as a one-stop-shop for maritime IT solutions combined with broadband satellite connectivity,” said Airbus Defence and Space's Head of maritime satellite communications activities Tore Morten Olsen. “Palantir’s managed IT services complement and extend perfectly our best-in-class satcom portfolio, strengthening end-to-end solutions for our customers and providing them with the best possible experience. Building on our proven technology and the AuroraGlobal portfolio we will continue to develop new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion, creating increased value to our global customer base.”

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