Boatracs announces new vessel management and communications products

Boatracs Inc., a provider of integrated satellite communications and software solutions to the maritime industry, announced during the 2011 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans that it has launched two new products:  a fleet management software platform called Boatracs BTConnect and its next generation tri-mode data communications system from Qualcomm, the Mobile Computing Platform 200 Series, or MCP200.
BTConnect is a web-based solution that integrates messaging and mapping functionality, providing  access to fleet-wide data from anywhere on any device. With features such as route planning, custom landmarks and global map layers, BTConnect ties together the critical functions of visually managing a fleet with two-way messaging to improve dispatching, accelerate invoicing and increase operational efficiencies.
Boatracs completed a beta program for BTConnect earlier this month. “Over a dozen of our customers participated in the beta program representing fleet sizes from 1 to 100 vessels,” said Irwin Rodrigues, president and CEO of Boatracs. “The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with specific praise for not only the ease of access from mobile devices, but also the ease of managing vessels from a display that combines mapping and messaging in a very efficient and powerful manner. We are in the process of migrating all of the beta participants to BTConnect now, and have already signed on new customers to the product.”
The MCP200 is a multimode data communications system that delivers two-way messaging and positioning through satellite, cellular and Wi-Fi. Featuring a compact design that uses either a slide-out keyboard or a color touch screen, the MCP200 can be used for free-form or structured messaging and has multiple data ports to connect peripherals such as a compact scanner to send critical documents to shore. The MCP200 offers higher output at faster speeds for the same cost-effective price as previous versions of Qualcomm’s narrowband satellite data communications systems.
“Boatracs is excited to offer these products to the maritime industry, expanding our portfolio of turnkey solutions that integrate hardware, software and airtime for customers” said Rodrigues. “With additional services scheduled for release in early 2012 such as AIS integration and global broadband satellite coverage, Boatracs is poised to deliver a flexible suite of maritime communications solutions to fit any customer’s needs.”

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