Satnews Daily
November 14th, 2011

Thrane & Thrane's Clever SAILOR Will Have Multi-Voices

[SatNews] Exciting offerings in the first quarter of next year.

Thrane & Thrane demonstrated commitment to the growth of its SAILOR FleetBroadband offering yesterday at Inmarsat’s annual partner conference in Barcelona. The FleetBroadband terminal manufacturer announced that Inmarsat’s new service enhancements, Multi-Voice Service and Dynamic Telemetry Service, will be available on SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals when the services go live in Q1 and Q2 2012.

The new Inmarsat FleetBroadband Multi-Voice Service provides facility for up to nine simultaneous voice lines on a SAILOR 500 and SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband while a SAILOR 150 FleetBroadband can offer up to 4 concurrent calls; all with their own FleetBroadband number (+870). This new functionality will be available on existing SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals via a firmware upgrade and will be fully functional in all new terminals.

Due to built in PBX functionality, the market-leading SAILOR 500, 250 and 150 FleetBroadband terminals don’t require integration with an external IPPBX to enable the FleetBroadband Multi-Voice Service. All users need to do is to configure their SAILOR FleetBroadband terminal and attach a Thrane IP Handset, or if desired connect an existing PBX.

Inmarsat’s new FleetBroadband Dynamic Telemetry Service (DTS) provides efficient support for low throughput applications of any type, such as Data Reporting, Polling and Telemetry. The service, which is available on all new SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals out of the box and through a firmware upgrade for existing terminals, offers a range of opportunities for remote (shore-ship) monitoring and control of systems on-board a vessel, as well as various tracking applications.

DTS can be used to track the position of a vessel from shore. Ship operators can use it to implement proprietary fleet tracking or have back-up tracking should a vessel’s mini-C be out of action; disabled by pirates, for instance. The service may also be used for remote monitoring, sending critical telemetry to shore for efficiency and maintenance applications.

“These exciting new services are major enhancements to FleetBroadband so we are committed to making them available on SAILOR FleetBroadband from the moment they go live,” says Casper Jensen, VP Maritime Business Unit, Thrane & Thrane. “With over 20,000 terminals shipped so far, there will be a lot of users out there keen to bring multi-voice and DTS into daily operation and with SAILOR FleetBroadband, it will be a straightforward, cost-effective process.”