Connectivity usage and demands in superyachts
Superyacht skippers and crew continue to demand satellite-delivered bandwidth to drive vessel management, to address higher than anticipated usage of internet of things (IoT) applications onboard and to deliver navigation optimisation.
That’s according to the 2018 Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity Report – a survey carried out on the usage and demands for connectivity onboard the global superyacht fleet.
The survey also found the level of cyber security deployed by the global superyacht fleet is minimal, with nearly 64% of yachts relying on a simple on-board firewall or crew managed system.
“The survey has provided us with really valuable insight into exactly how the owners’ representatives, captains and engineers use satellite communications,” explained Inmarsat’s Rob Myers, senior director, maritime market development.
“With digitalisation prevalent in the superyacht sector, cyber security is a key factor in the future safety of these vessels and we are working to provide more robust and accessible options than they currently employ.”
The survey showed that crucial factors for senior crew members are connectivity speed and bandwidth capacity, followed by price.
“With owners demanding a seamless internet connection and home broadband equivalent speeds on their yachts, captains have a demanding challenge to meet both usage expectations and budget limitations,” added Rob.
The company launched its Fleet Xpress last year that it says ‘takes maritime communications to the next level’.
The service guarantees global bandwidth using a dual satellite constellation – Ka-band with L-band back-up.
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