Unlocking the Full Potential of High-Speed Satellite Communication!

Writen by

Robert Hansen

In the ever-evolving landscape of satellite communication, the shift to high-speed data via Low Earth Orbit (LEO) technology has been nothing short of revolutionary. In just under a year, we've witnessed a seismic leap forward, leaving behind traditional Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) systems. While VSAT still plays a crucial role as a backup or secondary carrier, the maritime industry is rapidly embracing new horizons with systems like Starlink, driven by the promise of unmatched speed and data accessibility, both in the present and the future.

The Starlink Revolution
A multitude of vessel owners, ship managers, and maritime stakeholders are now opting for Starlink, not only for its immediate speed and data benefits but also for the myriad use cases it promises. Cloud services and remote tools are lining up to transform the shipping industry, helping reduce its environmental footprint. Even as cloud-based services take center stage, the need for an "onboard cloud" and robust security remains pivotal. Ensuring vessel cybersecurity will necessitate a multi-level approach, encompassing both on-premises and remote controls.

The Path to High-Speed Data Success

For those venturing into the high-speed data business, a reliable and trustworthy infrastructure is non-negotiable. Skipping steps along the way is not an option. To ensure a secure and reliable business, the recipe includes leveraging multiple streams and a parallel approach. Achieving 100% uptime involves more than just communication; it's about maintaining a solid physical architecture.

Seamless Integration of Carriers

One perennial challenge is telephony - integrating various satellite carriers into the onboard Private Branch Exchange (PBX). The ability to switch carriers seamlessly, regardless of your vessel's current location, is essential for smooth operations. Starlink, while fantastic, poses some initial challenges due to its limited out-of-the-box functionalities. Relying solely on applications like WhatsApp may streamline daily operations but isn't recommended for traceability. When it comes to voice calls, standards and official numbers are crucial.

Sea IT has successfully integrated Starlink into our BlueCORE platform, ensuring flawless telephony operations, irrespective of the carrier. The integrity of your company and vessel's numbers remains intact. Quality is guaranteed through allocated bandwidth on separate Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), with a priority for business calls to ensure data is utilized efficiently.

Optimizing Data Consumption

Another challenge is optimizing data consumption. With abundant data compared to VSAT, it's essential to make it last the entire month. Say you're operating on a 1 TB Starlink plan with approximately twenty crew members. You want to avoid purchasing extra data or a higher-tier plan each month. Many services, like streaming media, adapt to available bandwidth and automatically adjust quality. By implementing firewall bandwidth throttling and daily data allowances, you can ensure your data lasts the month. This not only keeps your crew content but also prioritizes your business's needs over excessive crew bandwidth demands.

BlueCORE, your Complete Solution

At Sea IT, we're proud to offer the most comprehensive, secure, and business value-adding platform on the seven seas. Our solutions are designed to meet the demands of today and tomorrow, delivering reliability, security, and the best possible experience for your maritime endeavors.

Ready to explore the limitless possibilities of high-speed satellite communication? Let's connect and chart a course to a more connected future.
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