Flat out in Florida
With the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) now behind us, the e3 team is bringing the year to a close with appearances at METS and The Superyacht Forum in Amsterdam, before wrapping up the year in Antigua in early December – all of which more about later.
Fort Lauderdale got off to a flying start when e3 and our partner, Kymeta, picked up the prestigious International Superyacht Society Award for Excellence in Innovation 2017. Myself and Håkan Olsson, Vice President of Maritime at Kymeta, were presented with the award by Ole-Kristian Sivertsen, Senior Vice President of Global Eagle (MTN, PRIVA, EMC) at the ISS Gala Dinner – something of which everyone at e3 can be proud.
FLIBS has grown over the years into one of the go-to events in the yachting calendar. It’s a very important event for e3 and an excellent showcase for new technology. We were there to promote everything from our HYBRID offering and VoIP to Kymeta™ flat panels – specifically our single panel solution which appeals to yachts predominantly based in the region.
Offering seamless connectivity from Rhode Island to Trinidad, the US East Coast single panel solution is shipping to customers as I write. Priced in the region of $63,500 the single panel comes with all the associated hardware and an X7 modem, together with 12 months of Kymeta KĀLO™ airtime service – powered by Intelsat’s FLEX network and delivering 40GB/month data and a 4Mb/s down and 1Mb/s up speed.
Further airtime providers who can deliver Ku-band HTS or broadbeam solutions are due to be announced in the coming months. The ability to switch service providers is good news for our customers as no single provider offers everything that a yacht needs – for example, what might be good for the Med might not be good for the Indian Ocean. Also it is a big advantage to have the option to switch into a dedicated high-bandwidth service when there are owners, family and guests on board to complement the KĀLO service.
With more than one hundred thousand visitors, the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was an awe-inspiring week and an all round success for e3 – not just in terms of flat panel sales but right across our full portfolio of products and services. None of this would have been possible without the brilliant folks at Fleet Miami, who provided us with two superb yachts and supported us brilliantly throughout the show, our tours attracted more than 80 decision makers from across the industry with many more joining us for our VIP Cocktail Party on board 154′ M/Y Usher.
On stage in Amsterdam
With just time to get over our jetlag, e3 were off again, this time to Amsterdam. Mid-November saw this historic port city host METSTRADE and The Superyacht Forum (TSF). The brainchild of the Superyacht Group, TSF is the place for all those involved in the superyacht industry to network, hear the latest insights and take part in lively debates. In conjunction with Kymeta, e3 presented both a keynote session on the opportunities offered by flat panel antennas as well as a series of workshops throughout the week focussing on technology, operations and design. With guest presenters including the Captain of White Rose of Drachs, Andrew Schofield and renowned designers Martin Francis, Ben Toth and Hamid Bekrad, the sessions were all truly thought-provoking.
Our other appearance in Amsterdam was, once again, at METSTRADE, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. e3 welcomed visitors at our stand in the dedicated Superyacht Pavilion, where in addition, we had a presence on the Consortium stand (Aage Hempel Netherlands, e3 and Tijssen Elektro). On this occasion we were joined by Cobham and Marlink to showcase the first ever Iridium terminal from Sailor – designed specifically to work with the new Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites.
It’s been a devastating year in the Caribbean and therefore this year we’re very pleased to be supporting the Antigua Charter Yacht Show taking place 4-10 December at the Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour and the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina – both located in Falmouth Harbour. We’re looking forward to being there and supporting some good causes in the region.
Hot off the Xpress
e3 always likes to take the lead and in early November we were delighted to have signed up the first superyacht, Beagle Star V, to Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress plan. This flexible plan has been designed especially for the superyacht sector to address the flexible demand for voice and video calls, entertainment and social media, which can vary widely during the season. The award-winning Fleet Xpress service has become the fastest growing VSAT service in the 2017 commercial shipping market. Under the plan, owners can upgrade or downgrade their usage quickly factoring in temporary standby and even taking advantage of up to six months of service standby without seeking a contract extension.
What an incredible year it’s been for e3. It started at the Palma Superyacht Show where, after several years’ work we signed our partnership agreement with Kymeta. The rest of the year has been a whirlwind of new technology, new apps, sea trials and yacht shows from Monaco to METS. None of it would have been possible without all the support of all our friends and colleagues, both on the island and around the world. I wish every one of you a fabulous festive season.
‘Tis the season to be giving and once again I’ve searched high and low to find a few ideal gifts for the man or woman in your life. Eating biscuits off a Macbook is possibly best avoided, but with this tiny USB vacuum, you won’t ever have to worry about crumbs clogging up your loved one’s keyboard ever again. Show me a man who doesn’t desire draft beer on the go? So what better gift for your favourite beer monster than the Fizzics Waytap which claims to ‘harness the power of sound waves to convert your beer’s natural carbonation into densely packed Micro-Foam™ bubbles’ – a refreshing pint of waffle all round. My next choice solves a question that’s as old as time itself: “Why can’t I connect my egg tray to the internet?” Put your mind at rest with this Quirky Egg Minder that ensures you’ll never be eggless again by pushing notifications to your phone when you’re on the verge of running out. Last and by no means least, in this age of security awareness, the Hushme Bluetooth headset will no doubt be a must-have when it hits the streets this December. Possibly not for the self-conscious, I’m sure we all know someone for whom this handy mouth muffling headset is the perfect gift. Happy shopping folks.
Roger Horner of e3 Systems
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