SnakeWays completes Iridium Certus testing with Lars Thrane

SnakeWays has completed testing of its range of ship to shore connectivity products over the recently announced Iridium Certus 100 satellite service, through an integration with Lars Thrane and its LT-4100 terminal.

The tested services include the SnakeMail shipboard e-mail system and SnakeTrack vessel tracking application. The Iridium Certus 100 service, launched in November 2021, offers IP data speeds of up to 88 Kbps download and 22 kbps upload over small L-band antennas, like the 1.39kg unit used with the LT-4100.

“In many ways the integration of our connectivity services with the innovative work of Lars Thrane is a no-brainer,” said Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays.

“Between the two companies we have many decades of experience working with L-band satellite networks, and Iridium in particular. Both our companies have products that are ideally suited to maritime customers looking to take advantage of the world-wide service coverage of Iridium Certus.”

“It was our joint distributor, Hansael in Latvia that brought us together. Hansa have customers ready and waiting for our SnakeTrack solution running over the LT-4100. Prior to us launching SnakeTrack on the Iridium Certus 100 network those customers were limited to GEO based vessel tracking services which can be unreliable in the higher latitudes.”

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