Thuraya launches SeaStar maritime voice terminal

Tuesday 10 January 2017 | 12:54 CET | News

Thuraya has announced the launch of Thuraya SeaStar, a new circuit-switched voice terminal that brings full and affordable accessibility to maritime communications. It meets the evolving needs of the modern fishing market, introducing the power of modern satellite communications capability to small-scale operators. Thuraya’s new terminal is ideal for smaller and regional owner-operator fishing vessels, although its appeal also extends to other operators looking for support systems. 

Thuraya SeaStar will be available at a cost of ownership that lowers the barrier to providing onboard satellite communications. It claims unrivaled functionality and levels of value previously unseen at its price point. The new terminal offers voice, SMS, data and tracking, on an easy and intuitive interface based on Android operating systems. Users can make satellite voice calls to normal PSTN phones, mobile phones and other satellite phones through the Thuraya satellite network. 

Thuraya SeaStar’s ability to connect a standard analogue phone or private branch exchange (PBX) delivers further flexibility in taking calls on board vessels. A standard cordless telephone can be connected, giving users the freedom to make calls while away from the handset, and Thuraya SeaStar also features an external speaker. GmPRS data connection is included too, for simple e-mails, weather forecasts, and access to mobile websites and social media. The user defined geofencing function, which enables automatic tracking of vessels for enhanced fleet management, can be set and locked for specific geographies before delivery.

An alert button offers additional reassurance, should anything go wrong while on board that may require emergency contact for external support. The Thuraya SeaStar unit comes with a comprehensive pack that includes support materials, including an antenna, a below decks unit, 25m standard cables, mounting brackets and bolts. The installation process is quick and easy, with the flexibility of cable runs of up to 75m if required.

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