Orange Business Services and BlueTide partner on maritime comms
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:
Emil Regard, BlueTide Communications’ CEO

Orange Business Services is providing BlueTide Communications with BlueTide with managed global Ku band VSAT capacity, with the ability to switch to alternative satellite beams, providing seamless global coverage. BlueTide can provide vessels with live video surveillance, cybersecurity and systems monitoring.

Orange Business Services claims that its satellite network (it is a global satellite provider but does not have its own satellite constellation) can ensure consistent coverage in remote regions and high-quality communications for voice, video, and data. This allows a ship at sea to give and receive real-time updates on its navigation path, better predict inclement weather, and access corporate applications in the cloud. It also allows crew to use the internet, watch movies and shows and make telephone calls.

Reliable broadband connectivity can support the remote monitoring of a ship’s mechanical components, enabling predictive maintenance. The same network can be used to remotely track pieces of cargo in transit to ascertain location, supply levels, temperature, travel conditions, and security.

“The relationship with Orange gives us the ability to reach more ships at sea with a larger variety of advanced communications,” said Emil Regard, BlueTide Communications’ CEO. “The maritime industry depends on consistent, reliable communications between ship and port to operate. Only Orange has a true, international network to make that connection. Running our solutions through Orange will have a transformative effect on how maritime shipping is conducted.”

“BlueTide is a leader in the maritime industry, and a great North American addition to Orange’s established pedigree of satellite communications customers,” said Rob Willcock, senior vice president of the Americas at Orange Business Services. “Their expertise and knowledge about the maritime business, matched with our integrated, end-to-end network will push new innovations to fleets around the world.”


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