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Strategic partnership agreement with Marlink

On October 28, 2014,

Marlink and maritime IT specialist Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will improve access to sophisticated IT services in the maritime industry. Palantir’s IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space’s extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimise communications and operations.

Through the agreement, Palantir, a leading supplier of managed maritime IT products and services will support Marlink in taking increased responsibility for its customers’ IT systems on board. Marlink will provide customers with access to Palantir’s portfolio of services.

Palantir’s KeepUp@Sea managed IT service monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and across a fleet, allowing IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely. Combined with AuroraGlobal, Palantir’s IT solutions enable ship owners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency whilst reducing maintenance costs through standardisation and remote management. KeepUp@Sea gives fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board vessels.

“Satcoms is one of the key enablers of our products and services, so it makes sense for us to work closely with the leading connectivity agnostic maritime satcom company,” says Arvid Dregelid, President at Palantir AS. “Together, our respective capabilities become of better value for the customer, and we will be able to develop even more advanced solutions to improve vessel efficiency and reduce the cost of running a fleet.”

“This strategic partnership strengthens our ability to respond better to our customer requirements to act as a one-stop-shop for maritime IT solutions combined with broadband satellite connectivity,” said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of maritime satellite communications activities at Airbus Defence and Space. “Palantir’s managed IT services complement and extend perfectly our best-in-class satcom portfolio, strengthening end-to-end solutions for our customers and providing them with the best possible experience. Building on our proven technology and the AuroraGlobal portfolio we will continue to develop new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion, creating increased value to our global customer base.”