Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has announced that JRC (Japan Radio Company Co. Ltd.) has joined its fast-expanding group of Certified Application Providers (CAP) offering applications via Inmarsat\u2019s dedicated Fleet Connect bandwidth.\r\nThe announcement follows the successful trial of JRC\u2019s Smart Ship Viewer (SSV) bridge solution onboard Taiwan Navigation\u2019s Handymax bulk carrier Tai Splendor. As a result of the successful trial Taiwan Navigation has now contracted to use Fleet Connect and JRC\u2019s Smart Ship Viewer across its eight newbuildings and eight existing vessels.\r\n\u201cTaiwan Navigation prides itself on the high quality of its operations and has ambitious plans for expansion within the region,\u201d said a spokesperson from Taiwan Navigation said. \u201cWe are moving ahead by investing in new ships and in digitalisation and as part of our strategy we are deploying the best available assets to optimise safety and efficiency.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe SSV is a networked bridge and communications management solution with capabilities including ship monitoring, Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), navigation and routing, Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) downloads, and data sharing using the J-Marine Cloud,\u201d said Hiroshi Miyashita, Manager of SATCOM Business Group at JRC. \u201cEntering into the Inmarsat CAP programme will allow us to use Fleet Connect to provide the dedicated bandwidth that ensures this powerful digital network is available on-demand, to prioritise data traffic and optimise vessel efficiency in a safe and secure way.\u201d\r\nMarco Cristoforo Camporeale, Senior Director, Digital Applications for Inmarsat Maritime said: \u201cGiven the stature of JRC as a provider of advanced marine technology, this new agreement is a major step forward for the CAP programme.\r\nThe Taiwan Navigation contract is a notable country success for both Inmarsat\u2019s high-speed Fleet Xpress service and for Fleet Connect\u2019s dedicated bandwidth in particular.\r\n\u201cCombined, these agreements add a significant new bridge network option for Fleet Xpress customers worldwide, while also allowing us to demonstrate the reality of Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth to Taiwan\u2019s widely respected ship owning community,\u201d said Mr Camporeale.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe secure cyber protection provided by Fleet Connect\u2019s segregation from the vessels primary bandwidth was also influential in Taiwan Navigation\u2019s decision,\u201d Camporeale added. \u201cSeparation of the JRC SSV network from other traffic, such as crew communications, creates an additional layer of cyber security protection,\u201d he said.\r\nInmarsat\u2019s Certified Application Provider marketplace now hosts over 40 applications designed for ship owners and operators to reduce fuel emissions, enhance vessel performance, improve navigation, train crew and save lives at sea\r\n\r\nAbout Inmarsat\r\nInmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world\u2019s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat\u2019s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world\u2019s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.\r\nThe company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world\u2019s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.\r\nInmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.