Inmarsat, Cobham SATCOM and MultiSAT—Globalsat Group, have hosted a series of seminars to showcase the capabilities of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to the Latin American market for the first time since its launch.
The seminars were conducted in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico, and focused on the maritime and offshore markets in the Gulf of Mexico; and in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, targeting the industrial fishing sector operating in the Pacific Ocean. These events attracted maritime owners and operators together with distribution partners and installers. Fleet Xpress, based on Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation, is the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for the maritime market.
The new SAILOR 60 GX from Cobham SATCOM was also on show at the seminars, offering a light weight, compact, all the while robust antenna pedestal, weighing only 32 kg / 82 lbs. Equipped with state of the art RF as well as direct drive motors, the SAILOR 60 GX guarantees the lightest weight as well as the maximum RF and pointing performance, unequalled in a 60 cm antenna system. Additionally, the SAILOR 60 GX features Cobham SATCOM’s “One Touch Commissioning,” single cable RF/Control and easy to use user interface to reduce installation time and costs.
Fleet Xpress combines the high data speeds of Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband L-band service for unlimited backup, which enables ship owners and operators to enhance business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, as well as provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits.
During the seminars, Inmarsat also unveiled the latest Fleet One Global plan, which offers basic functionality, greater cost and usage control, with the reassurance of a trusted global commercial satellite network. With the ability to activate or deactivate the service as needed, Fleet One Global is ideal for those vessels looking for seasonal coverage such as in the fishing market. Seminar attendees also had an opportunity to see live demonstrations of Inmarsat’s Fleet Media service, an innovative maritime entertainment solution, bringing the latest in Hollywood and international films, sports, news and TV shows to vessels around the globe.
Fleet Media gives crew members access to hundreds of hours of multilingual on-demand content that can be watched via Wi-Fi or physical network connection, via their own PC, tablet or smartphone, and is already enriching the livelihood of crew at sea.
“In Ciudad del Carmen attendees were able, for the first time in Mexico and Latin America, to see a working Fleet Xpress SAILOR 60 GX antenna, delivering unprecedented levels of voice and data connectivity,” said Porfirio Suarez, Maritime Director for the Globalsat Group and Country Manager for MultiSAT Mexico. “The Fleet Xpress service demonstration included the streaming of live video content, as well as large file transfers and latency and bandwidth tests.”
Christian Cordoba, Inmarsat Maritime Channel Manger for Latin America, added, “Fleet Xpress offers the ability for ship owners to not only make real benefits to their business, to enhance vessel performance and to help control costs, but also help attract and retain skilled crew.”