Globecomm has unveiled an expanded range of its
Nimbus smartbox. The Nimbus range now includes three options,
Nimbus Lite, Nimbus and Nimbus Pro, each designed to meet the
diverse communications needs of shipowners, managers and
The expanded range builds on the success of Nimbus, the
'bandwidth-neutral' communications platform launched in 2013 to
support the next generation of hybrid and satellite connectivity,
which already is managing business and crew communications across
The entry-level option, Nimbus Lite, was developed to suit owners
with low data needs and limited communications outlay. Nimbus is
perfect for users who need to unlock the potential of maritime
communications while securely controlling defined networks. For
shipowners who have embraced high throughput communications,
Nimbus Pro is designed to drive the value of VSAT to the
connected maritime business.
All Nimbus installations can be monitored and managed from any
location via the Cirrus cloud portal, providing complete
visibility, control and accountability across networks and
devices from ship and shore.
"The maritime communications landscape is increasingly complex,
with new connectivity options coming to market at a time when
data demand is spiralling and security concerns are growing,"
says Globecomm Maritime President Malcolm McMaster. "The Nimbus
range is designed to provide shipowners with the right level of
control for their communications needs, combining cloud processes
and cyber security with unique features that enable simple,
Capable of managing networks via multiple satellite/3G-LTE
inputs, Nimbus features automatic switching between satellite and
cellular networks based on pre-defined priority and supports
connectivity to specialist applications such as ECDIS and voyage
management systems, providing a single, powerful shipboard
operating system. Nimbus makes possible a richer browsing
experience at sea by using smart caching and compression as well
as enabling connection to any email address with powerful system
On shore, Globecomm's Cirrus Portal can be used to manage
preferred satellite connectivity and redundancy, configure user
accounts, establish firewall rules and manage updates.
Thanks to its detailed real-time monitoring and reporting tools,
Cirrus provides access to a range of fleet-wide control features,
giving full control over even a large fleet at any time. For
routine or trouble shooting maintenance, Cirrus also enables
remote connection to shipboard PCs via the Nimbus box.
Globecomm's network and server security protocols help extend
another layer of protection to customer data at a time when cyber
security has become of paramount importance to maritime users.
"The wide variety of hardware, operating systems and software in
use onboard ship has made maintaining quality of service and
security across networks more and more challenging," said
Globecomm CCO Bryan McGuirk. "Nimbus features built-in security
against viruses and cyber infection with two fully-managed
firewalls on the smartbox and the Cirrus shoreside portal,
providing robust intrusion prevention."
For additional security, shore to ship connections are encrypted
using the latest standards and end-to-end connectivity is via a
private IP space with no exposure to the public internet. Nimbus
also ensures the separation of crew and business networks so a
malware infection cannot spread from one to the other.