Inmarsat, a leading provider of mobile communications, has signed a cooperation agreement with Hyundai Global Service (HGS) to offer ship owners and operators a “route to maritime digitalization”.
A subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipyard, HGS was established in 2016 to drive a digital transformation within the maritime industry and optimize ship operations.
As a result of its partnership with Inmarsat, HGS has become the first Certified Application Provider to use the Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services to support its own digital services for shipowners.
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The agreement was announced following the completion of three trials conducted over the last three months, which tested a number of sensor-driven applications that measure voyage and equipment operating data.
Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development at Inmarsat Maritime, commented on the milestone: “The Hyundai-Inmarsat agreement is effectively the first of its kind and marks the commercial service introduction of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services as part of our portfolio of solutions for Certified Application Providers.
“With this new service, HGS is now strengthening its value proposition of applications to monitor and analyse ship performance for existing and new customers.”
Ground-breaking agreement with #Hyundai Global Service to fast-track #maritime #digitalisation, signed at @NorShipping, will see new #FleetXpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services supporting HGS digital solutions to monitor and analyse ship performance. https://t.co/pQA4kxUVwG pic.twitter.com/AgnCQkCl2c
— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) June 5, 2019
The Inmarsat Certified Application Partner (CAP) programme, which HGS has also become a part of, allows application and software developers to “choose their own route to digital enablement”.
According to a statement, this means shipowners and ship managers have more choice when it comes to solutions based on the Internet of Things (IoT), building on Inmarsat’s maritime digital portfolio.