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OULU, FINLAND - KNL Networks, the only alternative to satellite for maritime data communication, announces the board of directors has appointed Jorgen Peter Rasmussen as the company’s new Chairman.
Rasmussen, who is new to the KNL board, brings with him 34 years of experience in Oilfield services, Shipping, and IT services. Most notably, he’s spent 25 years in different top management jobs at Schlumberger Limited, was instrumental in the creation of Seawell Limited and Archer Limited, and brings with him a long career in Chairing technology companies.
At KNL Networks, Rasmussen will help build a strong team, guide the future strategy, and lead the board to support the company's founders to complete the Internet at Sea and provide access everywhere at sea.
Rasmussen comments, “I joined KNL Networks because they have a great vision, unique technology, and dedicated people. I look forward to working with the team to build a global company assisting the business worlds of shipping, offshore, and defense/security with Internet access anywhere!”
With KNL Networks providing 99% service availability across the globe since April, the company is now focused on working with the most advanced shipping companies that are leveraging IoT data and autonomous hardware for smarter operations.
As one example, Norwegian shipping company Klaveness announced this September that it is running a pilot program with KNL to substitute traditional satellite communications with long-range terrestrial radio for the data collected by autonomous hardware. The potential of KNL is for every shipping company to lower their operating costs through the cost-efficiency and reliability of the KNL radio. The company’s technology has also recently been used in partnership with Fleetrange to provide ice and weather conditions in the Arctic, an area unreachable by satellite.
Toni Linden, CEO of KNL Networks comments, “It became clear in our first conversation just how much valuable knowledge and connections Jorgen brings to the table. Right now is one of the most exciting periods since we founded KNL. Our technology is the perfect match for maritime digitalization, and the shipping industry is hungry for someone to solve their connectivity constraints.”
About KNL Networks
KNL Networks is an Oulu, Finland-based company that has created the first real alternative to satellite systems for maritime connectivity. By combining a state-of-the-art HF radio for long-range data communication and global cellular data for near-shore internet, KNL Networks is designed for the digitalization of the maritime industry. We believe that the shipping industry, like any modern business, should always be connected. Find out more at www.knlnetworks.com
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PRESS RELEASE 3. October 2017: Finnish maritime innovators Fleetrange and KNL Networks have successfully pioneered in providing cost-efficient Arctic situational awareness using a unique combination of IoT, Cloud and 3G/HF hybrid telecommunications technology. The solution includes up-to-date weather-, ice-, ship tracking and sensor data and sustains critical email communications in areas where satellite communications are expensive,unreliable or non-existent.
Fleetrange Ltd, a rising star of the Finnish maritime startup-scene, and KNL Networks, a revolutionary telecommunications company, have successfully solved Arctic situational awareness and communications challenges with their combined “Fleetrange with KNL” solution. The companies are also allegedly the first in the world to provide Arctic maritime situational awareness, IoT and communications using technology independent of satellites.
The technology trial has successfully been completed onboard Salén Ship Management’s luxury Expedition Cruiser “Hebridean Sky” during her Arctic season around Svalbard. The trial included the Fleetrange IoT cloud platform which uses KNL’s long-range – up to 10 000 km – 3G/HF hybrid communications technology to provide Arctic situational awareness between the ship and shore side office as well as sustaining critical operational email communications for the Captain.
“Fleetrange and KNL has always been a big help on our entire stay in Svalbard, especially on those areas that we don't get any signal at all with the VSAT, by receiving the updated Ice Charts and Weather Forecasts in GRIB files, it truly helped us. I am impressed with how useful the HF email is when nothing else is available to connect and contact from the head office, supports, etc. And it enabled us to send reports despite the loss connection on our VSAT,“ - says Dindo L. Talon, IT Officer of M/S “Hebridean Sky”
“Ships in the Northern Arctic waters have been relying on non-existent or lower quality and expensive digital satellitecommunications for a long time. It is truly amazing for us tobe able to change this and be the pioneers with KNL in providing high availability digital communications and situational awareness solutions for these harsh waters”, - says Henrik Ramm-Schmidt, CEO and Founder of Fleetrange Ltd.
“At KNL our mission is to free the maritime industry from connectivity constraints, and this trial with Hebridean Sky is a great example of fulfilling that vision. Together with Fleetrange, we're proud to have provided the key link of communication and content where satellite is unavailable,” says Toni Lindén, CEO and Founder of KNL Networks.
The trial was conducted during Hebridean Sky’s Arctic season 2017, where the ship was fitted with KNL’s patented and revolutionary cognitive and software defined radio equipment and Fleetrange IoT units. The Fleetrange cloud-based situational awareness solution was used to deliver up-to-date weather data and ice charts automatically to the ship and receiving IoT sensor data from the ship. The communication and awareness solution was systematically tested and monitored during the trial, which took the ship around Svalbard and all the way to the Arctic ice edge.
The “Fleetrange with KNL” solution is based on a unique combination of cost-efficient IoT and Cloud technology,where the ship sends IoT data, such as location, surrounding AIS-traffic and motion, and receives up-to-date weather and ice data from shore using KNL’s 3G/HF hybrid communications technology. KNL’s technology, in itself, isbased on an automated cognitive mesh-type radio network, where ships within 3G coverage act as base stations for shipsfurther out at sea at distances of up to 10 000 km. KNL technology is completely independent from communication satellites and offers a cost-efficient, global and cyber secure channel for email and IoT data.
CEO and Founder, Fleetrange Ltd
Sales Director, KNL Networks
Fleetrange is an innovative Finnish maritime IT-startup with the mission to intelligently connect fleets and people with data, regardless of time, place, or device. Fleetrange solutions are firmly based on cost-efficient, simple, and visual real-time operational awareness.
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KNL Networks is a Finnish telecommunications company offering the world’s first true alternative to satellite-based digital communications. The company’s hybrid solution utilizes 3G and long-range HF-radio waves together with a cognitive mesh-type radio network and provides always-on connectivity to shipping, enabling and improving business and digitalisation.
Salén Ship Management
Salén Ship Management is a ship management company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our mission is to manage small expedition and destination cruise ships at a very high standard. Salén Ship Management strives to run a hands-on operation with a permanent staff which include captains, chief engineers and hotel managers who share their time between ship and shore. Our team of people has vast experience from shipping, small ship cruising and maritime law. One of the founders is from the Swedish shipping family Salén – hence the name.
Salén Ship Management has the technical and hotel management of Island Sky, Caledonian Sky and the newest acquisition Hebridean Sky. These excellent destination cruise ships carry 114 to 118 passengers and are on long-term charter to Noble Caledonia in London.
We've seen firsthand how better access to data leads to better outcomes for the shipping industry. That's why we're proud to be working with Klaveness, who we see as one of the most forward-thinking shipping companies when it comes to maritime digitalization.
With new maritime automation systems installed, Klaveness is now running a pilot program with KNL on three of Klaveness' combination carriers. KNL will be used to stream data to shore instead of relying solely on satellites.
Christian Hovden, Project Manager Automation in Klaveness says, "With this setup our combination carriers can report data 24/7, and not only when they are close to shore. These regular transmissions have the potential to greatly improve the value of the data collected, but the system also allows us to have data transmitted in real-time from the automation system."
Read the full article on Klaveness' website.
We invite you to join us 29 Sep 2017 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm at the Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore for Disruptive Communication Discovery Day.
Hosted by our partners in Singapore, Jason Marine, we'll be providing a sneak peek into the future of Maritime Communications and will show off the capabilities KNL Networks can provide, along with our friends at GTMARITIME.
We invite you to attend by RSVPing on Jason Marine's website. Free flow coffee and tea will be provided. We're looking forward to meeting you!
The overall criteria for the awards was to:
“Acknowledge those companies and professionals who have gone above and beyond to make vessels and ship operations greener and used technology in innovative ways to their advantage.”
In the innovation category, KNL scored top in the judging panel’s criteria:
“This Award will acknowledge the broader applications of technology for shipping’s future. It will be presented for the innovative use of digital technology that has made significant change to ship operations or shipping business.”
The runner ups were:
• Inmarsat - Fleet Xpress
• Marpo - ApS
• Eniram- SkyLight