The maritime satellite services enable connections between moving objects such as ships, vehicles and aircrafts, and telecommunications subscribers through the medium of communications satellites, ground earth stations, and other landline telecommunications providers.
To improve the telecommunications infrastructure for technical staff on vessels at sea and rivers, Stratos Global Corporation, a provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions has launched the commercial availability of AmosConnect 8, the latest generation of its popular AmosConnect solution. AmosConnect from Stratos (News - Alert) integrates vessel and shore-based office applications. It is an easy-to-use, yet highly sophisticated application that seamlessly integrates email, fax, telex, GSM text, interoffice communication, and access for mobile personnel into a single messaging system.
AmosConnect 8 enhances new broadband IP-based maritime satellite services. It includes FleetBroadband, Iridium (News - Alert) OpenPort and the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek. Integration with these broadband services enables users to control their sessions and ensure optimal airtime use directly from AmosConnect. The AmosConnect 8 portal brings all ship-relevant data to one central information page. For example, the sending of reports and the receipt of weather updates and company news is achieved within the same interface.
With AmosConnect 8, Stratos expands upon its popular application by delivering StratosNet Accelerator, extended remote configuration, cost allocation and extended message filtering in addition to enhancing its current features of email messaging, automatic file transfer and data synchronization. These improvements help ensure streamlined operations, cost efficiency and optimization of available bandwidth. The new AmosConnect 8 optimizes the use of satellite airtime by automatically compressing and caching all transfers and supports all narrowband satellite connections.
Upgrading to AmosConnect 8 will be easy for the thousands of vessels that are using AmosConnect from Stratos for their daily communications. Nearly 20,000 AmosConnect from Stratos licenses have been issued and the service is used by more than 200,000 officers and crewmembers on vessels operated by Wallem Shipmanagement, Dockendale Shipping and the Royal Netherlands Navy, among others.
Stratos was in news earlier this year when it received advance orders for more than 1,000 of the IsatPhone Pro, Inmarsat's (News - Alert) new handheld satellite phone.
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