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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

Yacht Computer IT Tips for the Holiday Cruising Season

Posted by Andy Levy on Dec 1, 2014 5:00:00 AM

It's almost holiday time and yacht owners, charter customers and crew are primed to enjoy the upcoming cruising season to the fullest. They anticipate the joys of beautiful scenery, water sports, and great food--and they want to share their experiences with friends and family on board and at home.


That means everyone on board needs to stay connected via their electronic devices, including computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. And it’s up to captains, crew, tech support teams, and management companies to do whatever they can to keep yacht Internet connections working well.


You can read our past articles about vessel Internet issues in our Yacht Technology Blog


And now, we've developed a presentation with tips to prepare your yacht computers and yacht Internet b efore embarking on your first holiday cruise. Just remember that this list should be rechecked as you change location throughout the holiday cruising season, as some items are related to geographic location.  Click on the graphic below to view the presentation.
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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, yacht wifi

8 Yacht Technology Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Andy Levy on Dec 3, 2013 1:42:00 PM

It’s that time of year again. At least through the New Year holiday, yacht owners will be on board and charter rosters will be filled with guests looking for the best cruising experience EVER. And it’s up to captains, crew and management companies to meet and exceed their expectations.


So what can you do to insure holiday happiness on board your vessel? More than ever, guests’ satisfaction is directly related to how well you anticipate their on board electronic needs.


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Topics: vessel communications

VoIP Yacht Telephony: Pure-IP vs. Hybrid IP/PBX

Posted by Darren Mayhead on Jun 5, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Yacht telephony has gone through some radical changes in the past few years. Old-school PBX systems are being replaced by systems using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.


With VoIP telephony, the voice server and phones are connected to the vessel's IP network rather than a separate dedicated telephony network.


There are primarily two types of VoIP systems available: VoIP IP (often referred to as Pure-IP) and Hybrid or Converged IP/PBX products.



In this article, I'll discuss the differences between Pure-IP and Hybrid IP/PBX systems so you can make an educated telephone communications choice for your vessel. But first, let’s review the meaning of “telephony.” 

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Topics: vessel communications, yacht telephony, marine voip, marine system integration

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

Do's and Don'ts for Buying and Installing a Marine VSAT Antenna

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 11, 2013 7:34:00 AM

yacht_vsatIn our last article, 6 Tips for Choosing Marine VSAT, we talked about the importance of properly choosing a VSAT antenna.


Now, I'd like to discuss a few do's and don'ts that, if followed, should improve your overall VSAT purchase and installation experience.


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

How should you choose marine VSAT? Follow these 6 tips.

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 8, 2013 6:55:00 AM

In our last blog post, A Yacht VSAT Primer, we defined yacht VSAT, its use in on board vessel communications and VSAT’s limitations regarding marine Internet connectivity.


We also provided a downloadable two-page document, based on information provided by MTN Satellite Communications, that you can access by clicking this link: Questions to Ask When Assessing Your Yacht's Bandwidth Needs--AND--How to Calculate Your On Board Bandwidth Needs.


Now, let's take the conversation to the next level by reviewing 6 tips that will help you pick the right VSAT package for your needs.

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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

A Yacht VSAT Primer

Posted by Darren Mayhead on Mar 28, 2013 12:36:00 PM

You’re probably familiar with VSAT and its prevalence in modern at-sea yacht communications. You know that the satellite antenna topping many yachts is related to Internet connectivity.


But what exactly is VSAT? And what should you consider when choosing the best VSAT configuration to serve your yacht guests and crew?


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

POP vs. IMAP--Which protocol is best for yacht email?

Posted by Andy Levy on Feb 18, 2013 7:43:00 PM


When setting up an email client on a computer, tablet or smart phone to access a shore-side email server over a yacht Internet connection, the most common account types are POP (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol). 


Here are the pros and cons for using each type of account for your vessel email communications

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Topics: vessel email, vessel communications, vessel internet

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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