Imagine that you own and operate a vessel that sails regularly between Shanghai in the Far East and Hamburg in Western Europe. During this voyage you are connected to the internet on a constant basis in order to get all the regular weather and other updates, fulfill all the required administrative chores in preparation of entering ports and loading and unloading, report back on the ships status and maintenance requirement and in effect be a regular part of your organization as a remote office. Next to this your crew needs to stay in touch with their loved ones and have access to the news, sports and entertainment when at Sea.
All of this requires data connectivity with the outside world.
The connection with the internet is established using Satellite communications. Based on the provider you have you may experience any or a combination of the following issues on your journey; capacity or bandwidth limitations based either on the network or your subscription, forced outages based on regulatory issues, and network congestion due to large numbers of users in particular areas such as out front of large ports like Singapore or Rotterdam. The first issue could be fixed by e.g. buying extra capacity although this may not be the most economical solution in all cases, however the other problems are often difficult to prevent or circumvent.
Now as it happens mobile connectivity is available off the coast at times. In effect vessels are in reach of mobile connectivity between 12 and 15 times between Shanghai and Hamburg. However, these mobile networks are not part of the existing system set-up and if not managed well data charges may even exceed those of Satellite because of roaming increments.
If one implements a smart solution managing the satellite and mobile connectivity as one, a lot of benefits can be reaped. Applying ”Assurance” based “Software Defined Networking” one can ensure the user experience is uniform regardless of the type of network used for the connectivity. This applies for instance to user allowances and other network settings. Also one can implement smart settings such as large file downloads preferably taking place using 4G/LTE connectivity.
Using learning techniques overall user experience can be optimized either towards being most economical or delivering best performance or anything inbetween using a simple gliding scale or completely customizable settings.
iVent has done just that.
Being a MVNO itself and as such an integral part of the mobile world and at the same time managing satellite networks for its partners it has brought together the best of both worlds building a seamless network combining the 2 technologies. Already at the forefront delivering network interoperability across many satellite and terrestrial networks in the past we now added our whole mobile ecosystem of global connectivity.
The users experience a single network that will automatically route based on the preset preferences and thus they will not suffer any more from the problems depicted before caused by the single network dependency.
Different vessels may have different routes. However using iVents patented mySim e-UICC technology a combination of optimal sim profiles is downloaded per vessel which will allow the operator, in the end iVents customer, to manage cost and performance in the best possible way.
The satellite operator can now give the customer an optimal experience and manage its own network utilization in the best possible way at the same time. Unique quality of service at the best possible economics for both the operator and the customer.
Though we have delivered this to operators directly similar benefits can be reaped at a reseller level for specific -groups of- customers