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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 

Inmarsat has equipped four Paran River push boats operated by Impala Paraguay with Fleet Xpress connectivity, in what is claimed to be a breakthrough for maritime broadband inland along one of South Americas longest waterways.

The prime mover vessels are used by Impala Paraguay to steer its fleet of 30 double-hulled barges along the waterway system to move gas oil, jet fuel, gasoline and naphtha products from Argentina onward to Paraguay and Bolivia, exporting soya bean oil in the other direction. Long sections of the transit take place outside the reach of 4G or GSM cellular networks.

To date, continuous push boat connectivity has been sustained using Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service, which on average, consumes around 500GB of data per boat per month for vessel management and crew connectivity. However, the unlimited bandwidth available from Fleet Xpress has proved necessary to support IP (internet protocol) camera surveillance to ensure the safety of crew and the cargo transported by Impala. As part of a three-year Fleet Xpress contract, each push boat is installed with 20 IP cameras connected via onboard antennas, enabling continuous monitoring from Impala Paraguay offices.

 Impala Paraguay said it is invested in providing the best service possible to clients and ensuring state-of-the-art technology supporting every aspect of operations. The company believes that using IP surveillance sends a clear message to clients that all measures necessary are in place to ensure that operations are done in an efficient, reliable, and responsible manner. Installation was carried out in Asunción, Paraguay,

Inmarsat Sales Director for Offshore and Fishing, Chuck Moseley, said: “The choice of Fleet Xpress represented an inland breakthrough for the hybrid combination of high-speed Ka-band plus continuous back-up over FleetBroadband’s L-band. Fleet Xpress is already powering the maritime data revolution, but recent months have also seen ship owners accelerate uptake of video-based applications to enhance collaborative working, security, telemedicine and crew connectivity. The Paraná River is an artery for economic development, carrying around 80% of Paraguay’s trade. This order demonstrates that guaranteed global bandwidth via Fleet Xpress brings comparable gains inland to those already being achieved at sea. Committed data rates backed-up by service level agreements also guarantee that Fleet Xpress customers always gets what they pay for.”

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