Dubai-based IEC Telecom and Thuraya have introduced Orion Edge V, a new satcom system which, it is claimed, offers an affordable VSAT-like experience using compact hardware. As a result, levels of digitalisation previously reserved for large vessels are now available for smaller craft.
Incorporating IEC Telecom’s OneGate system into the pre-existing Orion Edge enables ICT managers to remotely monitor and control networks across all vessels in their fleet through a user-friendly set of dashboards. New services, including telemedicine, video conferencing and remote maintenance, can be added on demand via IEC Telecom’s application store.
Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO for Asia, Middle East and CIS, IEC Telecom Group said, “Today we are experiencing a significantly higher demand for digital solutions, which has been escalated by the pandemic. Launching Orion Edge V in the UAE market has highlighted the benefits of digitalisation that are now available even to small vessels via state-of-the-art virtual platforms, keeping in mind investment and space constraints.”
The new service is specifically targeting small ships, such as offshore support vessels. Vessels remain reachable at all times with full visibility from shore using GPS tracking, with no long-term commitment needed, connectivity can be assessed on a project-by-project basis IEC states.