H.M.S. Communications, Inc.
The Inmarsat-C system provides data messaging services through the use of small lightweight terminals. These units come in fixed, mobile, transportable, maritime and aeronautical configurations. All configurations employ omni-directional antennas.
Inmarsat-C supports tow-way text and data messaging, data-reporting and fleet broadcast communications at a data rate of 600 bits/sec.
As of January 1999, there has been more then 50,000 Inmarsat-C terminals in service.
Stratosí pioneering Inmarsat-C Internet gateway allows vessels to exchange
Internet e-mail without the need for special software and the monthly fees
normally associated with such a service. From individual customers to fleet
managers, Stratosí Inmarsat-C messaging service provides customers at sea,
and on land, with the communications adaptability they require, including:
∑ Internet e-mail delivery and confirmation. Shore-side customers,
potentially unfamiliar with satellite communications, benefit from Stratosí free
delivery notification on all Internet e-mail messages. Stratos also provides an
optional delivery notification service for vessels.
∑ Enhanced Telex capabilities. Stratosí Inmarsat-C service means ship-side
Telex machines are provided with connectivity to Internet e-mail and fax
networks. In addition, fixed users can avoid the costs of installing expensive
Telex lines and use their existing Internet e-mail software to communicate
with Inmarsat-C customers.
∑ Flexible billing, including individual crew accounts. Stratos can provide
options that go beyond the Inmarsat standard of charging all messages to a
single shipís account. For example, Stratos can provide individual accounts
for all members of the crew by billing ship-to-shore messages according to
their final shore-side destination, such as a fax number or Internet e-mail
∑ Controlled satellite charges. Stratosí flexible billing also means vessels avoid
paying satellite charges for unwanted messages. Before sending messages to a
vessel, Stratos requires shore-side customers to register their Internet addresses
with Stratos, for authentication and authorization. This protects the vessel owner
or operator from "junk mail" or other possible types of unsolicited messages for
which they would otherwise be charged.
H.M.S. Communications, Inc.'s products and services are provided by Stratos, an international multi-network mobile satellite service provider offering a complete range of communications solutions.
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