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Top 4 GCS Yacht Technology Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Amy Levy on Dec 27, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Over the past year, we at Great Circle Systems have enjoyed sharing some insights into yacht technology with you. Our 2014 Yacht Technology Blog articles have covered Internet technology, yacht VSAT, yacht management software, vessel bandwidth management, and MLC 2006 compliance.


With the end of 2014 quickly approaching, our team was curious to know which articles published this year attracted the most readers. We thought those of you who missed these posts might want to read them, while others might want to read them again.


So here are our top 4 hits of 2014--just click on the pictures below to read the articles.

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Topics: vessel communications, mlc 2006, bandwidth management, marine vsat

Stand-alone vs. Cloud-based Yacht Management Software

Posted by Scott Strand on Nov 18, 2013 3:25:00 PM

In previous blog posts, we outlined some of the advantages of well designed yacht management software. Now, I'd like to discuss a key structural feature that you should know about before you buy


In the past few years, you’ve probably heard about “cloud-based computing or “web-based computing."


Some yacht management software providers have structured their programs on cloud-based systems. But what does it mean to run a yacht'’s management software in the cloud and what are the benefits and drawbacks of such a system?


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Topics: yacht management software, bandwidth management

Is Cloud Storage Stealing Your Yacht Internet Bandwidth?

Posted by Andy Levy on Jun 26, 2013 9:56:00 AM

After publishing our latest blog article,Yacht Computers: Mac vs. PC, we got lots of feedback via Linked In about peoples'’ computer preferences. Funnily enough, yacht professionals seemed to come out just about 50/50 in terms of preference for PCs or Macs.

One reader's comment touched on a subject we thought would be interesting in its own blog article: the relationship between remote data backups and vessel Internet bandwidth.





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Topics: vessel internet, bandwidth management

Optimizing Your Yacht Internet Bandwidth

Posted by Andy Levy on May 7, 2013 8:23:00 AM

If you read our last blog post, Vessel Internet Bandwidth: Are you Addicted?, you understand the difference between on land and on board bandwidth speeds.


You also know that after a certain point, no amount of money will improve your on board Internet speed.


However, there are some things you can do right now to improve your vessel Internet connection's performance. Although bandwidth speeds will never reach those of your home or office on land, these techniques will let you use what you’'ve got more efficiently and effectively.



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Topics: vessel internet, bandwidth management

Vessel Internet Bandwidth: Are you Addicted?

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 22, 2013 11:35:00 AM

What are you doing right now? If you’re reading this blog post, you may be accessing your Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook account.


Maybe you are simultaneously streaming music or a movie. And perhaps you are also viewing a friend’s crazy cat YouTube video on your smartphone. (If you're accessing multipe applications on board a vessel, your yacht Internet connection may be painfully slow.)


And it’s not just you--there are probably others in your home, office or vessel doing the same thing, at the same time. 


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, bandwidth management, marine vsat

Cloud vs. Desktop Computing for Vessels: What's Best for You?

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 16, 2013 2:01:00 PM

Cloud based computing” and “web based computing” have become sexy terms in today'’s computing world. Some yacht management software developers are even producing products offering cloud computing for vessels.


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Topics: vessel internet, yacht management software, bandwidth management

JD_Crawford_head_shotDarren and the GCS team have been instrumental in the development and deployment of several carrier grade IT networks for large scale, Savant-based super-yacht projects where the technology infrastructure needed to be extremely reliable. 


The capabilities of the GCS team have proven instrumental in helping us deliver a world class technology experience to some of the most prestigious yachts in the world.


J.D. Crawford of Savant Systems


I have been working with Great Circle Systems since 2006 when they did the installation of all our networking and Internet communications equipment on our boat being built in Germany.


The equipment they recommended and installed was exactly as we required.  We have had extremely good results with all of their equipment and it has performed as they had advised.


I would highly recommend them to all fellow captains.


Captain Keith T. Moore of M/Y Lady Sheridan

CE_W_Michael_Hummel_of_MY_TVTriton Administrator has proven to be the perfect tool for us on M/Y TV, which is a 78 meter Luerssen yacht.


Triton has comprehensive essential features plus any additional features one can possibly need. It is still easy to use and has a swift support team to implement customer-specific wishes, such as individual day logs, etc.


W. Michael Hummel, Chief Engineer of M/Y TV


Captain Bruno Herregods talks about Great Circle Systems tech support. 

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