1-2 June 2010. Organized by GVF UK.
Location: United Kingdom Strand Palace Hotel, London
Organizer: GVF UK
Tel: 0044 207 099 5546
Fax: 0044 1727 884 839
The first and second Broadband Maritime Communications Conferences (February 2009 and February 2010) have been devoted to the maritime sector in South East Asia. The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and UK Event Management Partners (UK-EMP) Partnership now has pleasure in delivering a conference programme dedicated to maritime communications across the European region.
Offshore Construction: Marine Services
Broadband Maritime Europe: Innovation in Communications Solutions for the Sea Lanes (BMEC) builds upon the South East Asia programme platforms, maintaining a focus on the key elements of maritime satellite communications that are common to all ocean regions and seaways, and introducing regionally-unique topics and themes, such as the opening to year-round navigation of arctic seaways affected by climate change and melting polar sea ice.
BMEC will examine the widespread deployment of advanced communications technologies and services that are constantly accessible anywhere at sea, with a particular focus on the following key subject areas:
Access to applications and networks that meet today’s imperative for constant, seamless and cost-effective connectivity to ensure optimized exploitation of physical maritime assets, maximized passenger satisfaction, maximized crew welfare, and optimized navigational safety. E-mail, Internet, VPN and VoIP applications help vessel operators retain skilled maritime talent, increase and improve interactions between operations at sea and management on-shore, and realize cost savings that come with tighter operations and faster, more efficient information exchange.
New service provisioning, delivering scalable ‘always on’ broadband applications with Quality of Service and Service Level Agreement guarantees that go beyond basic ‘pay-by-the-minute’ service types and which facilitate greater predictability in mission critical delivery, as well as accuracy in the calculation of the cost of communications and, therefore, improved corporate overhead budgeting.
Key hardware technology developments in the design and deployment of state-of-the-art stabilized and ruggedized satellite terminal equipment, built to withstand weather on the high seas and maintain constant reliability whilst enabling effective satellite tracking and maintenance of signal integrity.
Whilst there has already been much recent improvement in the availability of advanced communications at sea, it is only now that the maritime communications environment is progressing fully, from a mainly narrowband communications arena, and into the broadband age, exploiting the increased synergies of advances in satellite equipment technologies and the availability and accessibility of new bandwidth across, and linking, all the world’s oceans.
Global warming and the extended opening of north-polar seaways to commercial shipping navigation will have major implications for the entire global commercial maritime environment. However, for Europe, in particular, these implications relate to significant reductions in the duration of voyages from the world’s major manufacturing centres in East and South East Asia to the major container centres of Europe, and therefore of imports shipping costs. With the prospect of heavy, and growing, shipping traffic flows through the region, the demand for polar-accessible and usable satellite communications capacity can only similarly increase.
For more information please contact: Paul.Stahl@uk-emp.co.uk, Martin.Jarrold@gvf.org