The majority of professionals don’t have problems maintaining communication with other businesses as well as their loved ones. Although distance is an issue, the Internet and social media have made it easy for people to reach out to each other online even when they’re miles apart.
Seafarers are known to be less fortunate in matters of relaying messages, however. For years, seamen struggled with unreliable radio systems and limited access to satellite signals. With the help of modern technology, however, their ability to communicate well despite long distances has greatly improved.
The Power of Connectivity
Advances in satellite communications networks give maritime workers better coverage when they’re out at sea. Inmarsat, a renowned British provider of global mobile satellite communication services, allows mobile phones to access satellites wherever and whenever by utilising the signal emitted by satellite terminals.
Talking to a seaman at the other end of the call will no longer be a series of static buzzes and frustratingly inaudible noise. Satellite mobile phones offer callers the clear voice quality that most local mobile networks could not provide. No matter the weather conditions, Inmarsat strengthens mobile connectivity to satellites for better communication opportunities.
Enhanced Maritime Communication
According to Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), 80% of seamen all over the world have little to no access to the Internet on the job. The problems that they have posed to cargo businesses have pushed people to take action.
Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), a large telecom provider, recently announced the completion of its first commercial installation of Fleet Xpress, the broadband service supported by Inmarsat. The connection was implemented for operational efficiency, fleet management and engine performance. If cargo businesses employ the technology, the crew may also enjoy speedier Internet connectivity at sea.
Despite possible flaws in the services, the technology advancements made for maritime professions are the beginning of an era where communication will no longer be a problem wherever you go.