Thales has unveiled its plans to enter the commercial maritime communications market using Iridium’s L-band network. Thales said it would provide global broadband connectivity with VesseLink from Iridium’s Next constellation of satellites and Certus broadband services.
This will involve a product line of Thales-built maritime terminals and antennas to provide a range of voice and data services, or be installed as a back-up to VSAT. Thales expects this lightweight terminal will be installed on various workboats, fishing vessels, commercial ships, cruise vessels and leisure boats. There will also be a military-grade version for diverse security operations.
“VesseLink on Iridium Certus will provide highly reliable, mobile and essential voice, text and internet communications,” Thales said. “This multi-service platform will allow users to simultaneously communicate using IP data sessions and streaming data.” Additional features include pairing to 4G services, embedded WiFi access, softphone capability, optional handset, and Android and iOS support functionality.
The service can be used for crew welfare, vessel tracking, at-sea electronic reporting, safety services and telemedicine.