Ferries have popularized themselves the world over as an easy and effective method of transporting both people and cargo across a body of water. As they’ve advanced as a common and popular tourist attraction, ferries have seen an increased need for high-quality ferry communications systems to both expedite cargo shipping and provide passengers with the technological accommodations they require.
As passengers increasingly engage in offshore activities, such as ferry rides, their demand for reliable high-speed internet connectivity grows. Ferry industries are able to capitalize on this growing demand by providing both on and offshore wireless infrastructure. Near and in-port wireless access points have helped ferry operators augment existing terrestrial networks to give passengers the high-bandwidth, low-latency connection they crave during offshore leisure activities.
On-board connectivity can enhance a wide variety of applications for crew, passengers, and operators alike. By eliminating communications timeouts, ferries can offer wireless network users the high-bandwidth WIFI they require without exorbitant cost or unacceptably high latency. On-board wireless networks can allow passengers to enjoy video on demand, special vessel channels, and live TV broadcasts. Additionally, this connectivity can provide comfort and accessibility to crew and passengers through the ability to provide on-board cellular access, crew calling, and mobile applications. By developing these networks, ferry operators can provide all the benefits of traditional terrestrial networks in an offshore capacity.
As ferry operators continue to offer passengers and crew high-bandwidth communications network infrastructure, they continue to place themselves as a strong competitor among offshore leisure markets. By providing passengers the ability to stream, download, call, and video chat, ferries ensure their longevity as a popular tourist attraction. Additionally, strengthened wireless networks multiply ferries’ ability to ship and carry cargo. Through the use of real-time monitoring and vessel tracking, ferries are no longer susceptible to miscommunications due to network failures or timeouts, making shipping a more efficient and effective endeavor.