Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat has signed a cooperation agreement that allows Hyundai Global Service (HGS) to offer ship owners and managers a digital total care solution route to maritime digitalisation.
HGS was established in 2016 by parent group Hyundai Heavy Industries as a digital transformation solutions provider to optimise ship operation and performance.
The agreement paves the way for a cooperation that will include the use of Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services by HGS to support its digital services for ship owners, plus recognition of HGS as a Certified Application Partner (CAP) within Inmarsat's digital ecosystem.
The agreement comes following the completion of trials on board three ships over a three-month period – which tested a variety of sensor-driven applications measuring voyage and equipment operating data including fuel consumption and vibration monitoring.
The Inmarsat CAP programme allows application and software developers to choose their own route to digital enablement via either a Dedicated Bandwidth Service over Fleet Xpress or FleetBroadband or through a dedicated API that allows access to Fleet Data, Inmarsat's cloud-based IoT platform.
The terms of the agreement offer HGS the opportunity to expand its digital total care solution to encompass different applications aimed at helping ship owners and ship managers to enhance ship efficiency and reduce operating costs.
Since its launch in March 2016, Fleet Xpress has been installed on board 7,000 ships.
It’s understood that HGS intends to extend its ship digitalisation offering into the retrofit market, with discussions continuing with Inmarsat on options to provide a bundle of connectivity, certified hardware, and HGS's Digital Transformation services as a ‘Shipyard Service Package'.