Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to make the engineering firm’s marine energy management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service.
Using data collected from a variety of equipment sensors and ship control systems, Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management 2.0 cuts energy consumption, supports environmental compliance and allows for the benchmarking of efficiency against historical performance.
Vessels equipped with the energy management software can operate within the Inmarsat certified application provider programme, which is connected via Fleet Xpress and hosted on the Inmarsat Gateway platform. They can then maximize their efficiency in a way that is verifiable and compliant with the EU’s monitoring, reporting and verification requirements and the International Maritime Organisation’s Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.
Fleet Xpress combines Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network — the world’s only high speed, mobile, and globally available broadband service from a single operator — with its L band network via the Inmarsat Gateway. With its set of application programming interfaces, the Inmarsat Gateway offers application-triggered bandwidth, a managed-cyber security solution and flexible third-party subscriptions on board Fleet Xpress vessels.
Application-triggered bandwidth usage allows users to choose whether to dedicate part of their bandwidth allocation to specific vessel efficiency measures, or for the app itself to trigger bandwidth 'dynamically' by the hour.
“In the case of Rolls-Royce, the LOI envisages remote monitoring to document environmental compliance, but new digital services can also be delivered to the maritime industry that create efficiencies for users and new revenue streams for vendors,” says Stein A. Orø, vice president sales, Inmarsat Maritime. “Application-triggered bandwidth pricing means this can be completely transparent.”