DCS: High Speed Data To Service Fast-Evolving E-World

As the maritime world quickly embraces the technologies that offer seamless communications anytime, anywhere, it will increasingly be the challenge of communication service providers to ensure that the communication pipeline is kept open and operating efficiently. Darby Corporate Solutions (DCS) Marine Data Division is a New York-based systems integration firm, specializing in software development and networking technology. It offers Smart-Line, its first in a family of marine data solutions and services developed to provide high-speed data connections to boats, yachts ships and cruise lines.

Smart-Line features: internet access on demand; multiple users; a secure environment; video conferencing; streaming media; and broadcast e-mail.

Smart-Line controls and manages the network and communication technologies to provide a 64K high-speed data connection. In comparing its 64K service to slower modes, DCS notes that, for example, the time required to transfer one megabyte of information via a 2.4k line takes 83 min., 12 sec.; a 9.6k line 20 min, 48 sec.; and a 64k line 2 min., 24 sec. Depending on the mariner's cost per minute deal with a communications provider, and the annual amount of data moved from ship-toshore and vice-versa, it is relatively simple to calculate cost benefits of the DCS system.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 47,  Jun 15, 2000

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