- May 2017: Vobal and Orbcomm Partner for Maritime M2M
- April 2016: Vobal CEO Awarded "Creator of the Year" by IPLAC
- March 2016: CargoGSM Demonstrates Complete Vessel Coverage
- July 2015: CargoGSM Deployed by Shell Oil
- March 2015: New Reseller for CargoGSM
- Late 2014: New Resellers and CargoGSM Updates
- March 25, 2013: Vobal introduces VobalFEC: Low-Bandwidth VoIP with Forward Error Correction (FEC)
- August 20, 2012: Nice article about us in Marine Electronics and Communications (plus another ad)
- June 17, 2012: Our first ad!
- February 20, 2012: Vobal proudly announces On-Net calling!
- December 19, 2011: Welcome to our newest Service Resellers!
- November 8, 2011: Vobal and Global Marine Networks Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement
- November 8, 2011: Welcome to GMN and QWP Group, our newest S3 service resellers!
- November 8, 2011: The S2 is officially being launched at Barcelona!
- October 27, 2011: It's official: Inmarsat makes Vobal a certified Solutions Provider and Partner
- March 29, 2011: Vobal hires Walter Kane as VP, Sales
- March 18, 2011: Inmarsat Connect eNews article about us came out today
- Dec. 6, 2010: Major pricing overhaul
- Oct 27, 2010: Innovate Illinois Semi-finalists
Vobal and Orbcomm announced we are working together for monitoring refrigerated containers at sea. As of mid-2017, Orbcomm has deployed Vobal's CargoGSM solution on about 20 different vessels, ranging from large container ships to unmanned barges. Additional information can be found here.
The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) has awarded John Nix, Vobal's CEO, the 2016 "Creator of the Year" award. The IPLAC award is given to honor the creative achievements, primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area, that are eligible for patent, copyright, or trademark protection. Over the past year, John has received 8 US patents for securing communications for the "Internet of Things" (IoT). Over the past 20 years, John has been named as the lead inventor on more than 20 patents. Several of those patents and publications are in the top 99% in terms of forward citations for the respective patent age and class.
Vobal's CargoGSM solution for monitoring refrigerated containers has been successfully deployed on a Panamax class vessel with more than 500 operating refrigerated containers (reefers). 900 Mhz RF coverage reaches the entire vessel, without requiring the use of any GSM repeaters.
Over the past few months, Shell Oil has deployed Vobal's CargoGSM system on seven ships ranging from off-shore support vessels (OSV) to Panamax. The multiple vessels use a range of satellite connectivity from VSAT to FleetBroadband, and CargoGSM seamlessly connected to all installed systems. Vobal's unique maritime GSM + GPRS capabilities support the most critical logistics needs for oil exploration in remote regions. CargoGSM ensures nearly continuous, automated monitoring of refrigerated containers from port departure to delivery at offshore oil platforms more than 1,000 miles away.
Vobal has signed up WAM Technologies as our newest reseller! WAM is the first reseller for Vobal's CargoGSM solution, used for M2M data transfer from monitoring devices, such as WAM's RT-6000 device for refrigerated container. Vobal has already deployed CargoGSM with WAM on four vessels, successfully monitoring refrigerated containers at sea.
It's been a while since we've posted any news here, but we haven't been idle. Earlier this year, we signed up new resellers OTESAT-Maritel and OneNet, Ltd. We're also hard at work on our CargoGSM service, which extends our Vobal GSM network to the entire vessel from bow to stern, including container holds. Using the mobile data capabilities from CargoGSM, containers and reefers with tracking and/or monitoring devices can fully operate at sea, not just on land. Thus far (through spring of 2015), more than two thousand different devices have reported M2M data at sea through CargoGSM on more than a dozen different container ships. We're very excited and expect to have more news about CargoGSM soon!
We've updated our network to support high-quality, low-bandwidth calling with regular analog telephone adapters (ATAs). This service can be used both at sea and also on land. Regular VoIP uses about three times as much bandwidth and sounds worse on congested Internet links with packet loss. ATAs don't normally support FEC, so the VobalFEC solution is unique and will make a big improvement in call quality. Here is more information, including an offer for a free trial, so you can easily hear the difference!
We're still keeping a little quiet about CargoGSM, but we couldn't pass up an opportunity to tease it a little in the August/September issue of Marine Electronics and Communications. There's an ad and article about it that we think do a pretty good job with the basics. Full public release coming soon, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, drop us a line.
We think it's pretty clever. What do you think? The ad appeared in the Complete Guide to VSAT 2012 supplement to Marine Electronics and Communications magazine by Riviera maritime media. Note the article about us opposite the ad as well.
On-Net calling is a revolutionary new way for fleet operators to manage communications costs. One low monthly fee allows for unlimited calling between any two of our devices. Calling your ship from your office (and vice versa) is just like dialing an extension down the hall. Read the announcement.
We are very happy to announce not one, not two, but three new Resellers! On the S3 side of things, welcome to our old friends from Globecomm Maritime (fka Telaurus Communications) and to our new friends from Greece and Cyprus: Traffic Net Limited (TNL). Also, as we continue to expand our relationship with GMN and support their sales of the wXa-503, we have also signed up GMPCS as a reseller of the Vobal services provided through GMN's web accelerator device. Welcome everyone!
We're thrilled to welcome both GMN (see above) and QWP Group as S3 Service Resellers! We look forward to helping them help you.
With a lower up-front cost, the S2 Server is a perfect entry-level way to experience Vobal's VoIP technology on board your vessel. Reduce your operations calling costs (especially shore-to-ship) and provide an inexpensive way for crew members to contact home. The only thing better is the S3.
Inmarsat has included product descriptions and guides for Vobal's S3 maritime GSM and S2 VoIP systems (big S2 announcement coming soon) on Inmarsat's website. Um, yeah, we're pretty darn excited about it!
We are very excited to announce that we hired Maritime Satellite Sales Superstar Walter Kane to be our VP of Sales! He brings a new level of maritime expertise to our team that will truly make us leaders in our field. Welcome Walter!
We've been working very hard to improve our technology. We've gotten our bandwidth usage so low that we've been able to radically reduce pricing across the board for those who want a reimbursement for bandwidth! We've also taken the opportunity to look at our A-Z pricing globally and have made some adjustments. Some costs from our suppliers have gone up, but some have gone down. Our prices to you reflect that. We think all-in-all you'll be pretty pleased.
We presented today at the Innovate Illinois competition as semi-finalists. While we did not advance to the final round, it was an honor to be selected to the semi-final round (top 16 out of the 62 entries in our region). Congratulations to the companies that advanced and good luck!