Software platform provider FrontM and satellite communications provider Inmarsat have signed an agreement that will see FrontM join Inmarsat’s circle of certified application providers offering a dedicated application for Inmarsat’s Fleet Connect service
Fleet Connect is a bandwidth service that provides connectivity independent of the shipowners’ primary bandwidth, allowing application providers to have an always-on, or on-demand, two-way communications channel to the vessel.
Using Fleet Connect over Fleet Xpress, FrontM will deliver its Collaboration and Workflow Automation Platform, a cloud and edge-enabled mobile, desktop and web application, designed to digitalise maritime business operations.
Increased capabilities include video conferencing, VoIP and team messaging, which are highly optimised for satellite connectivity and are designed to enable dedicated bandwidth connection. Inmarsat said the collaboration will enable shipowners and operators to undertake real-time telemedicine and video conferencing, troubleshoot mission-critical issues, and access e-learning for improved crew welfare.
Inmarsat head of digital solutions Marco Cristoforo Camporeale said “We are delighted to be working with a technology start-up such as FrontM, which helps us to support our customers to rapidly digitalise their operations and change their overall approach to crew welfare on board.”
FrontM vice-president, commercial product management Lisa Moore said “We are proud to become an official certified application provider for Inmarsat, which will help our customers to rapidly deploy and digitalise their business operations via a micro-suite of video conferencing and workflow applications across our platform.”
“By combining Inmarsat Fleet Connect and FrontM’s technology, customers will have guaranteed access to the bandwidth they need to support their real-time streaming services, enabling efficient collaboration between ship and shore teams over Inmarsat’s network.”
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