Monitoring the performance and location of marine Aids to Navigation can be a challenge for asset managers. Marine assets are normally positioned in remote locations and can be difficult or costly to access. During extreme weather conditions, marine lanterns and buoys are at risk of coming adrift or can be damaged if inadvertently hit by a vessel. Theft and vandalism are additional challenges faced in some regions of the world.
For maritime authorities, ensuring assets are in operation and in their expected position is of utmost importance. Gaining full visibility of assets from a central location supports planning, operational decisions, and their ability to respond quickly.
Up until recently, GSM has been the preferred choice for the control and monitoring of marine assets. GSM performs well in strong mobile coverage areas on land; however, it does have its drawbacks. GSM can be time-consuming to set up, and coverage can be poor for monitoring AtoN positioned at sea.
Where coverage is patchy or non-existent, satellite connectivity provides authorities with a much more reliable alternative.
Why choose Satcom?
Satcom offers a range of infrastructure and asset intelligence benefits. Sealite has chosen to partner with Iridium®, the Low Earth Orbit Global Satellite service company who offers assured pole-to-pole coverage.
The benefits that Satcom offers over GSM are:
Marine assets that have been classified as critical to maritime safety, require close monitoring and management. Monitoring triggers a quick response to help reduce the chances of a maritime incident.
Sealite offers monitoring and control through our proprietary Star2M portal that provides:
Coming soon is an update to our hugely popular SL-75 self-contained marine lantern and our SL-155 long-range marine lanterns with the addition of an internal satellite communications module as an option.
These models extend Sealite’s offering to cover light ranges from 3-13NM.
Released in 2017 the SL-75 was the most innovative marine lantern of its time. Our customers have appreciated its enhanced features of Bluetooth, GSM connectivity and GPS synchronisation with tilted solar modules for maximum sunlight capture. We are now pleased to add satellite connectivity to its long list of product options, and connection to our Star2M portal for advanced monitoring and control.
The SL-155 is a versatile marine lantern available in 2.5-degree, 5-degree and 10-degree options. The SL-155 will be offered in six product configurations including stand-alone models, coupled with two power supply options, or supplied with external solar panels.
These models join a long list of Sealite’s satellite-enabled marine products including; the SL-C310, SL-C510, SL-510-SA, the Universal Gateway, and the Remote Monitoring Unit.
Stay tuned for the official product releases of the SL-75 and SL-155, now packed with even more features and options.
On behalf of Karachi Port I am pleased to acknowledge your good service and provision of the new SL-75 solar marine lanterns installed by your firm in the harbour channel at Karachi Port. The new lanterns are very feasible and useful and equipped with the latest navigational technology.
-Captain Muhammad Altaf
As one of your new distributors (Belize and Honduras, Waller Marine Belize LTD), I would like to express my congratulations to you and your people in providing reliable, dependable and inexpensive products. Formerly we were distributors for a Canadian made product but these were found to be too expensive for the market and also offered only difficult and complicated programming. Our first order of lights from you (SL15’s) took only four days to arrive from Aussie Land, when I opened the box they were still flashing. I tested a SL60 (white) for four days (steady on) before it required a recharge…remarkable. I will be placing another order shortly. Keep up the good work.
-Capt Andy Suddes
We choose to sell Sealite … this is a long story, well we treat Sealite as our own and the relationship we have developed with Jeff and Chris and their attitude and commitment towards growing Sealite to this stage is remarkable. We feel at home when talking to them and the staff of Sealite and this in turn gives us more security and strength in selling products in India.
-Aliasgar E Patrawala
I just wanted to say thank you for the light and bracket Sealite supplied to Birkenhead Marina. As the other lights (old ones) need new batteries I will be replacing them with new lights from Sealite and the same brackets that you supplied with the light we received last week … Your product is excellent and the system of setting the light is good also. Thanks again for all your trouble.