The future of vessel connectivity: LEO systems and hybrid solutions

The future of vessel connectivity: LEO systems and hybrid solutions

31 Jan 2024

LEO system operators have revolutionized data speeds, delivering rates 20 times faster than traditional VSAT services. In a conversation with Robban Assafina, Nabil Ben Soussia, Group CCO, IEC Telecom Group, said, “These advancements ushered in a new era of possibilities for seafarers, enabling them to harness the full potential of digitalisation. This includes advanced ship management through real-time data capture, enhanced crew welfare, access to educational and development programs, and much more.” While LEO is gaining momentum, it will take a while before the new tech gets licensed by all seafarer nations. As a result, having LEO onboard is not enough. To ensure continuous digitalisation, it is essential to equip vessels with resilient back-up infrastructure. Hybrid solutions are designed to do just that. A network management system, like OneGate by IEC Telecom, is the key engine of hybrid solutions. Its core mission is to support seamless failover between prime LEO, L-band back-up, and LTE at least cost of routing. With increased digitalisation, come heightened cybersecurity risks. Cyber security onboard is greatly influenced by end-user behavior. To achieve success, it is imperative to foster a culture where seafarers genuinely recognise the importance of adhering to internal policies and following established rules. Read more about how hybrid solutions and LEO technologies are signifying a future marked by heightened automation, enhanced operational efficiency, and better working conditions in the maritime landscape in the ARTICLE BELOW. Complete text available in English.



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