EMC to expand satellite communications, content services for Mercy Ships

(MIRAMAR, Fla.) — EMC has signed an agreement with Mercy Ships to expand and upgrade the satellite communication systems and services it is providing to the hospital vessel operator.

Under the agreement, EMC will roll out its HD Connect global on-demand video service aboard the charity’s hospital ship Africa Mercy. HD Connect, based on EMC patented technology, provides broadcast-quality video anywhere in the world. It will enable onboard volunteer staff to connect into weekly international team meetings. EMC is also increasing the satellite bandwidth available to the ship, making it easier for the hundreds of volunteers living aboard the ship to communicate with family and friends during the long deployments. The crew and volunteers will also have access to live broadcasts from BBC and Fox News.

“The new agreement builds on our outstanding 15-year working relationship as the provider of mission-critical satellite connectivity and content to Mercy Ships,” said Brent Horwitz, president, cruise and ferry services, EMC. “At EMC, we offer an unmatched value proposition for ships at sea through our advanced global mobility platform, patented technologies and customer support. We have 52 field service offices around the globe, staffed by EMC field engineers, ready to render prompt and efficient service to the Mercy Ships vessels wherever they travel.”

“The EMC-provided satellite communications services play a critical role in sustaining the mission of Mercy Ships of providing modern first-rate health care and lifesaving surgeries for people in developing nations,” said Chris Gregg, chief information officer, Mercy Ships.

About EMC

EMC specializes in mission-critical communications and content for organizations and people on the move in the most remote locations. At sea, on land and in the air, the company provides seamless, reliable connectivity and access. EMC leverages its wholly-owned and operated satellite-terrestrial-cellular broadband network with fully meshed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports. The company delivers mission-critical communications, Internet, live TV, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G/LTE services worldwide. EMC operates in 140 countries and runs 52 global field support centers. The established EMC team, in business for 35 years with unprecedented infrastructure and 20-plus patented technologies, delivers industry firsts time and again. EMC hires and trains its own field engineers to flexibly deploy support quickly around the world. The company tailors its services for the most demanding users of mission-critical applications for the following sectors — energy, cruise and ferries, yachts, commercial shipping, mobile network operators, government, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and global enterprises. For more information, visit www.EMCConnected.com.

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information, visit www.mercyships.org.

By Professional Mariner Staff