Recognising that crew are using their mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices for regular access to essential data and email communications, Warrington based GT Maritime have launched SeaMail, a managed email solution for small vessels such as barges, fishing vessels, inland cruisers and leisure craft to communicate using email more reliably and more cost-effectively with shore.
SeaMail has been designed and optimised for use over satellites, dealing with high latency circuits and multiple connection management, making communications efficient and more cost-effective. The press release we were sent talks of a simple installation procedure and SeaMail’s efficiencies mean that vessels can reduce satellite bandwidth usage and generate savings of up to 80% on satellite airtime.
“Smaller vessels don’t have the capacity or budget to be able to operate larger, managed and comprehensive email solutions”, says Robert Kenworthy, CEO. “We’ve used our experience to develop a product which suits their needs and requirements, ultimately allowing them to manage their costs and save money.
“Airtime providers can now deliver an even better level of support and service to their small vessel customers by offering a simple, managed email solution with their airtime. This gives users just one place to call for all their satellite communication needs and supplies the airtime provider with the latest tools to support them.”
With the prospect of 12 fully device-enabled charter guests on board and anywhere between 5 and 20 hard working crew, it’s not difficult to imagine airtime usage costs on board a large yacht can easily and rapidly get way out of control.
Yacht Projects International has introduced SeaWall, a customisable Firewall product that manages bandwidth through a series of limits that can be pre-set for each individual device. Or you could choose to set one overall limit for everything on a specified network.
Limits can be set on the amount of data available per device or by download speed. You could, for example, choose to give junior crew, or younger age guests a network download speed of, say, 150kbps, but increase this to 512kpbs for the more senior members amongst the crew. Alternatively, you might want to allocate 5gb download capacity for one person and 20gb for another.
Going back to my introduction at the beginning of this report, my wife and I would probably decide to set some kind of data usage based upon hours per day, so that Oliver and Louis would soon get the message that enjoying games like Fortnite would be just one (fairly small!) aspect of the total yachting holiday experience.