Inmarsat and Zamil Offshore to bring IoT solution to vessels


Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, reached an agreement with offshore services provider, Zamil Offshore, to roll out an Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution to more than 60 vessels in the Gulf area

The solution - powered by Fleet Connect and Fleet Data delivered through Inmarsat’s award-winning Fleet Xpress - will allow Zamil to identify, trial and select the best solutions to meet vessel performance expectations set by its charterer, Saudi Aramco. The announcement follows a successful trial on the fleet’s anchor tug, Zamil 57

Fleet Connect will provide the dedicated bandwidth to support vessel CCTV capabilities and other value-added services, while Fleet Data will power enhanced data analytics for efficiency and sustainability. 

Scott Middleton, regional sales director, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “In addition to providing fast and reliable connectivity to improve crew welfare, Fleet Xpress enables the digital and IoT capabilities that Zamil Offshore needs to meet their needs. We are grateful to our local partner, Petroleum and Energy Trading Services Company, for its support in rolling out our end-to-end solution across Zamil’s extensive and varied fleet.” 

Fredrik Lang, technical manager, Zamil Offshore, added, “Inmarsat has been deeply involved in this project from the outset, offering us guidance and support in securing value-added services that will allow us to meet Saudi Aramco’s requirements in surveillance and performance monitoring.

“Thanks to the scalability of the IoT solution, we can add more applications and have the opportunity to evaluate different options to establish what best meets our needs within our contract. New applications for vessel digitalisation are surfacing constantly and we are delighted with how Fleet Xpress allows us to find the best providers without being locked in.”  

The programme will also see an initial pilot of  Videosoft Global’s live-video compression and transmission services to meet Aramco’s CCTV requirements, supported over Inmarsat’s Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth channel. Vessel performance management capabilities will be provided by VPS, using Fleet Data’s analytics capabilities to support its solution for data-driven decarbonisation, Maress. These separated channels ensure there is no interference with mission-critical bandwidth on-board.

Iain Janes, satellite business development manager, Videosoft, said, “Our ultra-low bandwidth streaming service is dramatically more data-efficient than other solutions. As a result, we are opening new markets in areas where live video streaming from a vessel was believed to be too data hungry, unaffordable, or not possible. There is also the added advantage that Videosoft technology provides automatic variable bitrate control, so customers should never lose a live stream whilst there is a connection, even as low as 4 kbps.”

In partnership with Zamil and Saudi Arabia’s CST – Communications, Space and Technology Commission - Inmarsat will continue to highlight the potential of IoT technology delivered via geostationary orbit satellites as a means of connecting offshore vessels to shore to enable applications such as fuel & emissions savings, condition based monitoring and remote surveys.