AmendTec and AST develop vessel monitoring unit

A low-bandwidth vessel monitoring system developed by AmendTec and Applied Satellite Technology (AST) has been launched, which utilises Iridium’s CloudConnect Short Burst Data service to connect ships with shore.

The new AmendTrack unit sends data to an integrated Amazon Web Services platform for analysis using the Iridium network. AST will act as the initial airtime provider for the service, which will be the first CloudConnect product it has offered.

“Inmarsat-C has increased their monthly service fee for their customers yearly for the past three years. In addition, there are Iridium solutions on the market that have a high hardware price. We are convinced that this can be done differently with equal or better robustness and reliability,” said Lucah van Geloven, Electrical Engineer at AmendTec.

AmendTec says that it plans to keep developing the system further post-launch, adding additional functionality and new interfaces to allow data from various external sources to be transmitted via the unit.

“By keeping the system as modular as possible during the development process, the solutions that the system offers become endless,” said André Das, AmendTec Software Engineer.

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