Connecting Cruise Ships: The Past and Present of Maritime Communications

Prior to the 1800s, ocean-going vessels were focused on the hauling of cargo or used as warships rather than for passengers leisurely traveling from country to country. The first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the U.S. to England, and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers, was the Black Ball Line in New York in 1818. By the 1850s, a dramatic improvement in the quality of a passenger’s voyage occurred with ships adding luxuries like electric lights, more desk space and entertainment — ultimately, founding the cruising industry as we know it today.

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Topics: Industry News

Safety: It’s About People

In discussing workplace safety, traditionally we’ve been likely to speak in acronyms and numbers—listing off a company’s Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) or Lost Time Injuries (LTI). The tendency has been to leave safety management up to the safety leads on staff and drive change based on the measurement of things that we did not intend to happen. When an organization’s conversations about safety focus exclusively on results-based indicators though, something important gets lost: safety is about people.

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Topics: Health and Safety

The Uncontended Option

Over the years, a divide has developed between the two primary networks used in designing communications solutions. Single channel per carrier (SCPC) networks assign users with a single signal at a given frequency and bandwidth. Time division multiple access (TDMA) networks differ from SCPC in that multiple users can share the same frequency channel by dividing the signal into different time slots.

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Topics: Solutions

Employee Spotlight: Tim Engel

 

“I’m driven to succeed, and I want everyone around me to succeed as well,” said Tim Engel, program manager, SpeedCast.

“We all have occasional days when we don’t feel like ‘adulting,’ but most days I’m excited to be here,” Engel said. “I’m competitive. I want to have the best team and the most successful customers.”

Originally hired in 2012 as a service delivery manager in the Houston office, Engel was promoted to regional service manager in 2014.

 When Tim Engel talks about work, and what motivates him to achieve, his enthusiasm is obvious.
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Topics: Our People

Understanding Bandwidth Needs for the Best Performance

Customers have options when it comes to their networks. Cost, download and upload speed, reliability and application all factor into prioritizing elements in a configuration. Customers can work with companies like SpeedCast to best determine personal bandwidth needs for optimal performance.

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Topics: Solutions

Beam Me Up, Speedcast: New Generation of Automatic Beam Switching System Provides Constant Connectivity for Seamless Customer Experiences

Businesses with operations offshore, such as those in the energy and cruise industries, must maintain reliable communications while moving rigs or ships from one region of the world to another. Satellite communications have become the most viable option, but they also face unique communication challenges. Often, vessels travel in and out of satellite’s ranges, and because of this, they must have the ability to connect to multiple satellites in order to keep continuous communications.
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Topics: Products/Services

Four Tips for Customers to Consider When Partnering with a Systems Integrator


Interested in understanding how to build a more effective partnership with your Systems Integrator (SI)? Keep these tips in mind from Speedcast’s SI team:

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Topics: Products/Services