15 May 2012: A NEW capability has been launched that allows up to nine simultaneous calls through a single FleetBroadband terminal and separates crew communications from bridge operations.
FleetBroadband Multi-voice lets crew make personal calls in greater privacy using pre-paid cards and ensures essential communications on the bridge are not disrupted.
There are currently two ways to access FleetBroadband Multi-voice.
Thrane & Thrane Sailor FleetBroadband terminal users require a firmware upgrade and additional handsets for a fully-integrated solution.
Users of other FleetBroadband terminals can purchase new PBX hardware developed for FleetBroadband Multi-voice by application provider Vocality.
Vocality's compact Basics Multivoice device is used alongside the FleetBroadband terminal to access the additional voice lines.
There are two FleetBroadband Multi-voice packages:
+ Standard: provides three additional three voice lines via a single FleetBroadband 150, 250 or 500 terminal, giving the ability to access up to four simultaneous voice calls.
+ Enhanced: FB250 and FB500 terminal users can scale up from the Standard package to a total of eight additional lines, giving the ability to access up to nine simultaneous voice calls.
"FleetBroadband Multi-voice is a unique integrated solution that maintains Inmarsat's well-earned reputation for high-quality voice," said Frank Coles, president, Inmarsat Maritime.
"It offers a far superior service to internet calling solutions, and is more cost-effective than accessing multiple voice calls on a standard VSAT.
"This new capability increases the value of FleetBroadband, and ensures that the service is future-proofed for a vessel's growing communications needs."