Maritime connectivity providers for internet of things (IoT) and crew health services have added solutions
KVH Industries has signed a deal with Tile Marine, which provides marine services in India and the Middle East, enabling remote monitoring and troubleshooting solutions.
Tile Marine will offer condition-based maintenance advice through monitoring onboard equipment remotely using KVH Watch connectivity.
“We will extend our services and add remote monitoring, condition-based monitoring and assistance for repairs, even if there is an incident in the middle of the ocean,” said Tile Marine managing director Pravin Raghavan.
“Many vessels are looking for this level of service but what has been missing was the reliable backbone of connectivity to transfer data from the ship to shore,” he said.
KVH Watch is an IoT connectivity service using Ku-band satellite communications over KVH’s high-throughput satellite network. It provides machine-to-cloud satellite connectivity for remotely monitoring onboard equipment and performing on-demand remote expert interventions using video, voice, or texting.
“Ship managers can use comprehensive remote services and remote troubleshooting sessions when combining dedicated KVH Watch IoT connectivity with Tile Marine’s extensive experience in supporting everything from bridge systems to below-deck equipment,” said KVH senior director of IoT business development Sven Brooks.
Tile Marine’s services cover a wide range of electrical, electronic and mechanical work for shipowners and shipyards including installation, maintenance and repair of communications equipment, integrated bridge systems and other critical maritime equipment.
Last week, Inmarsat added Evitalz Health Management to its Fleet Connect service, enabling shipowners to provide better healthcare to seafarers. Evitalz will use Fleet Connect to provide its telehealth services to crew on ships.
This will combine satellite communications over Ka-band and L-band coverage, from Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, to ships with onboard certified medical devices. These devices use Evitalz’s VitaLink app to record and interpret the patient’s vital signs in real-time.
Diagnostic readings are gathered from the devices, compiled with patient symptoms and other data, and wirelessly sent to the app. Evitalz provides shipmasters or caregivers with a plug-and-play medical diagnostic infrastructure.
“Today’s crew demand smart healthcare on board and a higher standard of care,” Evitalz founder and chief executive Nanda Kumar.
“High-speed connectivity is making the difference and Fleet Xpress enables vessels anywhere in the world to stay connected 24/7 and therefore onboard telehealth facilities are very reliable and affordable,” he said.
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