Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide.
AmosConnect Crew is an all-in-one communication solution for crewmembers. Combining AmosConnect and ChatCard, two of Stratos’ successful services, AmosConnect Crew enables personnel at sea to stay in contact with home via calling, email and SMS at low cost rates – thus helping retain qualified seafarers. It provides an easily manageable, separate account for each crewmember.
AmosConnect Crew CommCenter is expected to be commercially available by the end of next month. Its features include: Announcement Board that enables ship managers to send internal corporate bulletins to their crewmembers at sea; Daily World News that offers crewmembers customized global and local news and sports updates, and; a doubling of message-length limits. AmosConnect Crew CommCenter also provides ship managers with additional controls to more effectively manage a crewmember’s weekly mail quotas.
Several leading ship-management companies, including Hong Kong’s Wallem and Germany’s Blue Star, have recently deployed AmosConnect Crew to improve crew welfare. The service complies with the latest ITF recommendation to offer the option of free private email to all crewmembers.
By using AmosConnect Crew, seafarers only need one prepaid ChatCard to access all three modes of communication. In addition, individuals can be assigned a vessel-independent personal mailbox plus an international SMS number that can be used on any ship and on shore. Emails and SMS messages can be sent at a low cost and receipt of SMS messages and email is free of charge. Along with the pre-paid aspect of the service, AmosConnect Crew enables users to easily manage their own communications budget.
AmosConnect Crew was originally developed in response to requests from ship managers who wanted a full crew-communication solution that would run entirely separate from the business communication onboard their vessels. AmosConnect Crew is based on the SMSCrewMail application from SMS Global Ltd.
“The introduction of AmosConnect Crew CommCenter demonstrates Stratos’ commitment to providing ship managers with innovative new solutions to help them recruit and retain qualified seafarers,” said Stratos Maritime Marketing Manager Michiel Meijer. “We understand that powerful, private communications services and customized daily news updates can dramatically improve shipboard life.”
Stratos is the world’s trusted leader for vital communications. With more than a century of service, Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world’s oceans. For more information visit www.stratosglobal.com.
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