KVH Industries and Transas have announced a strategic relationship which will ensure that sea vessels receive timely and affordable updates of mandatory electronic data.
The CHARTlinkTM channel of KVH's IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service will support delivery of chart and other data updates from Transas – a leading producer of electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) and a leading provider of electronic navigation charts (ENC) and data services.
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International maritime regulations mandate the use of ECDIS for commercial and passenger vessels, and to meet those regulations, ECDIS must have up-to-date ENCs.
The process of updating these large chart databases via the Internet can drive up satellite communications costs while a vessel is at sea. However, KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service is designed to provide an affordable way for ships to receive the chart updates.
Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH CEO said: “Our role is to provide the connectivity and file server platform to allow secure, inexpensive, and guaranteed delivery of the chart files from Transas to the ships.”
KVH and Transas will test the CHARTlink service on ships at sea immediately and plan for a commercial rollout of the service before the end of the year.