Ships will be able to optimise Ka-band VSAT use for data and voice services after Inmarsat agreed to integrate its network service device (NSD) with a satellite router.
RedPort Global has introduced a device that combines the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress NSD with its own optimiser and voice over IP (VoIP) gateway.
This combines the RedPort Optimizer Enterprise satellite router with Inmarsat’s service unit in one rackmount appliance that can manage ship networks with satellite broadband routeing. RedPort Optimizer NSD will also be able to manage VoIP connectivity and crew welfare services over Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress constellations.
Fleet Xpress combines Ka-band broadband on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress platform and FleetBroadband L-band on the fourth generation of satellites.
RedPort Global chief technology officer Luis Soltero said this combined device gives ship operators an “all-in-one solution that significantly reduces the cost and complexity of installations”.
He added that vessel owners can replace a host of switches, routers and VoIP gateways commonly used to provide a complete solution for vessels, with one device.
Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said RedPort Optimizer NSD will “provide a fundamental building block for many of our partners to satisfy the rapidly growing market for onboard applications evidenced by the growth in Fleet Xpress installations over the last year”.