It is only 6 weeks until the SMM show in Hamburg will open its doors on September 6. We are happy to be present at the show together with our partner and reseller Mackay Communications, which we thank for inviting us to be their guest. We will be at stand 312 in Hall B6.
On Wednesday 7th we will do a full presentation of our products followed by a small party with beers, drinks and brezels. We are looking forward to meet you!
Those were the words of Vassiliki Papadopoulou, CEO of Istamar, our key Turkish Distribution Partner, when we met up at Posidonia a few weeks ago.
Istamar commissioned their first SnakeBox on board a customer vessel back in August 2021 and haven’t looked back since. “I honestly can’t remember when we last received a support call” said Vassiliki.
That’s what we at SnakeWays like to hear!
We all missed the trade shows, conferences and personal meetings. After some smaller events, finally the big shows are taking place again.
We are pleased to invite you, to come and visit us at the Posidonia shipping exhibition in Athens June 6th to 10th. You can find us at the A.M.M.I.T.E.C stand, number 1530, in Hall 1.
Looking forward to see you there for a chat and a drink.
We are pleased to announce that we will take part in the Digital Ship Copenhagen Conference on May 10th 2022 as a Gold Sponsor.
Our CEO Peter Schulze will team up with chief commercial officer Gregor Ross to join the event. As a conference speaker, Gregor will take us on a journey through time under the motto “Forty years of satellite communications”.
After a long pause, we are happy to be able to make personal contacts again and look forward to meet you in person.
To join us, please visit the Digital Ship website for details about the conference.
SATMAR adds SnakeWays to their growing portfolio of world class service offerings.
Gdynia and Munich, 04 April 2022. Satellite Communication & IT Services Company SATMAR and maritime communications solutions provider SnakeWays GmbH have announced a partnership that combines the cloud based SnakeWays solutions with the quality ship-to-shore connectivity services and support of SATMAR.
Under the new agreement, SATMAR, headquartered in Gdynia, Poland, will act as a key distribution and service partner of the maritime communications services developed by SnakeWays. Operating out of Reda, close by Gdynia and Gdansk, SATMAR is renowned in the region for providing high quality equipment, components and services in the field of satellite communications, radio-communications, navigation and IT infrastructure. Recognised not only by major shipping companies such as Vroon, VShips, Pacific Basin, STENA Group, MSC and others, SATMAR’s dedication to quality has recently been rewarded by obtaining ISO9001:2015 certification from Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
“We are delighted to welcome SATMAR into the growing band of SnakeWays distribution and service partners around the globe“, says Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays. “The SATMAR focus on quality is exactly what our end customers are looking for when it comes to service and support of their vital communications “.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, SnakeWays have developed a new generation of ship-to-shore communication services using cloud computing technology ashore and smartphone technology on board the vessel. The shipboard SnakeBox hosts a portfolio of independent but synergetic software modules providing simple, efficient, secure yet flexible management of the complex ship to shore communications options available today. These modules include an intelligent firewall, smart routing services where multiple LAN/WAN combinations can operate simultaneously, a remote access toolbox and a highly specialised, cloud based, maritime E-mail service – SnakeMail. The recently added SnakeCrew module, accessible both on board and through the SnakeCloud portal ashore brings a fresh approach to the management and control of crew communications.
“The SnakeWays use of modern technology, the way in which they have simplified many of the complexities in providing a reliable yet flexible solution to managing ship-to-shore communications, is impressive” says Grzegorz Pardyka, founder and CEO of SATMAR. “The experience of the SnakeWays team shows in the design and implementation of the portfolio of services. We see the SnakeWays services as a key addition to our own portfolio, perfectly matched to the latest offerings from Iridium, KVH and Inmarsat but also future proofed for the newer satellite services that may be just around the corner”
SnakeCrew joins the growing list of innovative ship-to-shore communication management services offered by the highly experienced SnakeWays team.
SnakeWays GmbH is pleased to announce the release of SnakeCrew, a cloud based internet access management service for crew and passengers on board ship.
Like all SnakeWays services, SnakeCrew comes as an independent software module hosted on the shipboard SnakeBox. SnakeCrew can be deployed as a standalone solution or as part of a suite of SnakeWays services. Crew members can access the service using the existing shipboard networks or by using any Wi-Fi enabled device. The Captain has access to monitoring and management tools through a specially designed web interface. Shore based personnel can also monitor the service through the SnakeCloud portal.
SnakeCrew dovetails perfectly with SnakeWall, SnakeWays intelligent firewall service, and with SnakeSwitch, the smart shipboard router. Combining SnakeCrew with SnakeWall provides the Captain and the shipowner full control of the service. Adding SnakeSwitch allows the SnakeCrew service to be offered across multiple satellite and terrestrial connections.
SnakeCrew is compatible with the full range of maritime communication networks from a simple Inmarsat Fleet One or Iridium Certus 200 through offshore GSM to the very latest in VSAT services. SnakeCrew can be dedicated to a specific WAN service for independence and security or, in conjunction with SnakeSwitch, can operate across multiple WAN circuits.
“SnakeCrew is a completely fresh approach to providing valuable crew members with a managed internet service whilst on board,” according to Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays GmbH. “In developing SnakeCrew we started with a clean sheet . Our target throughout was to simplify access, not only for the crew member but also for those like the Captain that need to manage the service. At the same time we needed to ensure we incorporated all the key features that a multi-user service like this needs in what can be a very complex environment.
The other key objective was to keep the implementation and running costs to an absolute minimum. As with many of the SnakeWays services, there is no up-front cost for implementation, the service can be installed and activated remotely. Distributed under the SaaS model the monthly service fees are extremely competitive, particularly when combined with other SnakeWays services such as SnakeMail and SnakeWall.”
SnakeWays are very pleased to be represented at APM Singapore 2022 by our local distribution partner Can Marine Systems Pte. Ltd. Come along to booth D-SO2 to learn more about the portfolio of SnakeWays connectivity services and get a close up look at the innovative SnakeBox.
Integration with the Lars Thrane LT-4100 and Iridium Certus® 100 brings truly global access to the SnakeWays services, particularly for vessels working in high latitudes
Munich and Copenhagen, 20 December 2021. SnakeWays GmbH and Lars Thrane A/S have today announced the successful integration of their respective ship to shore connectivity products utilising the recently announced Iridium Certus 100 satellite service.
With the assistance of their joint distributor, Hansael SIA in Latvia, the entire suite of SnakeWays services has been fully trialled and tested over the Lars Thrane LT-4100 terminal; ranging from the 4th generation email service; SnakeMail, through to SnakeTrack the latest innovation in vessel tracking.
The Iridium Certus 100 midband service provides a unique blend of capabilities for satellite connectivity, enabling smaller, lighter satellite terminals such as the LT-4100, but with IP data speeds that can support specialized applications to connect people and assets.
Both Lars Thrane A/S and SnakeWays GmbH are companies that have a strong heritage in providing the maritime community with innovative solutions that enhance ship to shore connectivity over L-band satellite networks. This integration marries Lars Thrane expertise in the design and development of shipboard satellite terminals with SnakeWays strength in developing solutions and applications that optimise the bandwidth available through those terminals. Both companies have targeted solutions that are highly efficient with minimum cost of implementation and support.
“In many ways the integration of our connectivity services with the innovative work of Lars Thrane is a no-brainer,” according to Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays GmbH. “Between the two companies we have many decades of experience working with L-band satellite networks and Iridium in particular. Both our companies have products that are ideally suited to maritime customers looking to take advantage of the world-wide service coverage of Iridium Certus.
It was our joint distributor, Hansael in Latvia that brought us together. Hansa have customers ready and waiting for our SnakeTrack solution running over the LT-4100. Prior to us launching SnakeTrack on the Iridium Certus 100 network those customers were limited to GEO based vessel tracking services which can be unreliable in the higher latitudes.”
Maritime software and solutions provider SnakeWays GmbH and Can Marine Systems Pte Ltd. have announced a partnership that combines the innovative SnakeWays solutions with the exemplary service and support of Can Marine Systems.
Under the new agreement, Can Marine Systems, an affiliated company of Can Trader & Services Pte Ltd., based in Singapore, will act as the primary ASEAN distributor of the maritime communications services developed by SnakeWays.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, SnakeWays are developing a new generation of ship-to-shore communication services using the latest available technologies. The result is a modular suite of services based in the cloud and hosted on board the vessel in the small, light, and low cost but powerful SnakeBox.
The SnakeBox manages the interfaces between the shipboard IT and communication networks such as Inmarsat, Iridium, VSAT and GSM. It hosts the SnakeWays services including SnakeMail, SnakeSwitch, SnakeWall, SnakeTrack and SnakeDoor together with a database storing emails, vessel configuration, reports, and device management.
The small footprint of the SnakeBox, the ease of installation and the smartphone technology on which it is based, makes the SnakeBox an ideal companion to the latest offerings of Iridium and KVH, Certus 100, 200 and the TracPhone V30 respectively. Can Marine Systems are a major distributor of both KVH and Iridium.
“The partnership announced today enhances Can Marine’s ability to serve their customers with a fully integrated, advanced technology solution that meets the current and future communications requirements of those customer vessels”, says Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays. “SnakeWays customers in turn will have their individual solution delivered and supported by the highly qualified team of Can Marine. The SnakeWays customer experience will be enhanced through Can Marine’s professional teams and global support services”.
More information: https://cantrade.com.sg/
We are proud to announce SnakeTrack, our brand-new vessel tracking service. SnakeTrack not only provides affordable position reporting to your fleet, its modern design gives you much more: Secure, resilient and private data transmission, long term data storage, geofencing with alerts, a live map and a rich set of tools for analysis and reporting. SnakeTrack runs in the SnakeCloud, making it easily accessible from any mobile or office device with no need to install a software package. The ship side setup is done with a click: Our SnakeBox smart box detects the correct GPS data source, be it the integrated GPS receiver or an external source like your Satellite terminal, and starts recording and transmitting the GPS data.
You need to reconfigure a system on your ship‘s network, check out an error reported on the captains PC, fetch some data or view a web cam? To gain access to your vessel’s it systems can be a difficult task, be slow and quite often ends up in expensive airtime wasted for nothing. Not so, with our new SnakeDoor feature. Do it the Snake“Way“: Quick, easy, efficient secure and without need for any remote assistance or setup.
Gregor Ross, Chief Commercial Officer at SnakeWays, just published an excellent whitepaper about the challenges that the modern internet poses to mobile sites with frequently changing connectivity.
Enjoy reading about content distribution networks, the challenges they expose to ship security and how SnakeBox can address this.
Maritime software and communications start-up SnakeWays GmbH are pleased to announce the signing of Coastal International Shipping Line Ltd (CISL), SnakeWays first customer based on the African Continent.
CISL will deploy the innovative SnakeBox on board the company vessels to manage ship to shore communication services over satellite and cellular networks. The SnakeBox will also host the advanced SnakeMail application as an upgrade to the vessels’ current email service.
“We needed to upgrade our vessel connectivity and from the outset we were impressed with the capabilities of the SnakeWays team and the way they have adapted state-of the-art technology to meet the specific requirements of the modern ship manager”. Says Spyridon Tzamtzis, Technical Director of CISL. “Particularly important to us was the ease of deployment on board with minimal disruption to the existing IT network of the vessels. “
The vessels will have the SnakeSwitch function enabled on the SnakeBox to intelligently manage routing between cellular and satellite networks based on availability, price and quota. SnakeMail will be available to officers and crew via the ship’s business network and the inbuilt Wi-Fi of the SnakeBox. The SnakeBox manages different access rules depending on the ship-to-shore network connection and the different user on board.
“We are very pleased to have CISL on board. Says Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays. “The extension of our customer base to four continents within a year of SnakeWays commercial launch is a very significant milestone for the company. It validates our concept of an independent, free-standing communication platform that hosts critical communications applications such as SnakeMail and SnakeSwitch. Based on smartphone technology the SnakeBox is a light, cool-running, alternative to the traditional shipboard setup of a “Smart Box” twinned with a PC based email application. ”
Established in 2013 CISL operates a fleet of modern container fitted vessels offering the most comprehensive feeder services within Eastern African ports. The fleet’s schedule consists of regular calls between the ports of Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, and Mozambique in collaboration with its international clients.
More information: www.cislafrica.com
The headlines today are all about the global pandemic. But soon they will return to highlighting the environmental damage wrought by humanity. Our planet is being driven towards the brink by climate change, deforestation, plastic and other ills, with much of the blame laid at business’s door. Big steps are needed and we rely on the world’s leaders to take those steps. But what can small companies like SnakeWays do?
From the beginning, the SnakeWays team has been thinking about the small steps we can take.
Our office furniture and even the computers, came from a bankruptcy. The equipment would otherwise have been thrown away, good for the environment, but also for our budget. We use green power, it costs a bit more, but didn’t we just save a lot of money elsewhere!
When it came to decide on our packing for our SnakeBox, we did not want a shiny box with polystyrene foam padding all well packed in plastic bags. We consulted a specialist in the corrugated cardboard industry and he came up with a wonderful packaging made from recycled paper.
We dispensed altogether with the need to put the SnakeBox in a plastic bag. We now package the smaller parts in a recycled paper sandwich bag. Don’t worry, the paper is recycled, not the bag, there are no greasy stains on it.
We are not perfect, our product still uses a lot of plastic, and we are a source of pollution in many ways. But we do think about this and it’s the small steps that take us all forward.
You are wondering what kind of question is that?
Recently, one of our customers asked us about WhatsApp:
“WhatsApp is the preferred application of our Captains and crew members. Can your SnakeBox restrict internet access to pass only WhatsApp and E-Mail but nothing else? We have tried but cannot find a way to support this scenario reliably. We constantly have to manually monitor WhatsApp behaviour and frequently update the ship’s firewall rules which occasionally leaves gaps allowing other traffic through.
Initially that didn’t sound like a big challenge to us. But it turned out to be not as easy as it sounds. In fact, WhatsApp is very eager to get out to the internet and reach all its subscribers. To achieve this WhatsApp applies a whole arsenal of wizardry.
What a challenge: Chase a witch to give our customers a reliable and safe way to use their preferred communication tool.
We know little about sorcery and could not find any appropriate spells in any of our books. So, we did what we are best at: we relied on our skills and experience. Instead of magic potions, we added a good portion of artificial intelligence to the SnakeBox to achieve our goal.
SnakeBox now uses machine learning algorithms to isolate and analyse WhatsApp traffic. It constantly learns by itself and updates the firewall to selectively allow or block the WhatsApp traffic. In a strive for perfection, we ended up to nevertheless add a little bit of magic. SnakeBox can now filter WhatsApp at three different levels:
• Text Only
• File attachments
• Voice messages
• Full WhatsApp with live voice and video calls
As an added bonus, adopting the same machine learning technology, the SnakeBox now chases some other witches: Windows updates, Apple cloud traffic and similar generators of costly and unnecessary traffic.
SnakeWays where innovation meets experience!
Highly experienced maritime communications team inks deal to offer new communications solution to Japanese shipping market
Munich and Tokyo, 08 March 2021. Maritime software and communications start-up SnakeWays GmbH and Japan Digital Communications have announced a partnership designed to make low cost, high quality data communications widely available at sea.
Under the new agreement signed in February, Tokyo based JDC will act as primary Japanese distributor of the maritime communications services developed by SnakeWays.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, SnakeWays was founded in 2019 by a team of highly experienced maritime IT specialists led by Peter Schulze, former head of development at Telaurus and Globecomm Maritime.
The company’s mission is to develop a new generation of ship-to-shore communication services using the latest available technologies. The result is a modular suite of products based in the cloud and hosted on board the vessel in the small, light, and low cost but powerful SnakeBox.
“From the outset the objective of SnakeWays has been to develop solutions that minimise, and even dispense with, the traditional costs of implementation and support services on board the vessel,” says Peter Schulze, CEO of SnakeWays. “We are proud to have been selected by JDC as their new service partner; JDC conducted an extremely thorough test and evaluation process prior to agreeing to represent us in Japan.”
The SnakeBox manages the interfaces between the shipboard IT and communication networks such as Inmarsat, Iridium, VSAT and GSM. It hosts the SnakeWays services including SnakeMail, SnakeSwitch and SnakeWall, together with a database storing emails, vessel configuration, reports, and device management.
Since its foundation in 1999, JDC has provided a variety of solutions utilising satellite communication services including VSAT, Inmarsat, Thuraya, and Iridium. In all fields of land, sea, and air, JDC provides fully integrated solutions together with consulting services, installation, commissioning and ongoing support services.
More information: www.jdc.ne.jp/en/
It’s in the Box …
The SnakeBox comes with Smart Phone technology built-in. The internal 4G/LTE module gets you connected to nearshore GSM services. No external receiver or router is required.
With global carrier and regulatory approvals, the SnakeBox LTE module operates around the globe on 30 channels and supports multiple standards – Global LTE, UMTS/HSPA (+) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE.
The SnakeBox LTE comes with dual antenna connections for improved throughput, better coverage on marginal signal conditions and avoidance of blocking. It also hosts an integrated, multi-constellation GPS receiver (GPS/GLONASS/Galileo).
Can SnakeWays Cast out your Complicated Cabling?
Yes we can!
Based on the latest smart phone technology the SnakeBox can be configured with two separate Wi-Fi ports and an internal 4G/LTE module. That gets you connected to Satellite, GSM, GPS and the shipboard network with absolutely minimum cabling.
And that all comes in the lightest, smallest, coolest package on the high seas.
Season’s Greetings to one and all with a very special thank you to all our customers and partners that have made 2020, our launch year, such a marvellous success.
SnakeSwitch from SnakeWays manages your connections based on quota!
Depending on availability SnakeSwitch automatically selects the best connection from ship to shore, be that LTE, VSAT, Wi-Fi, Inmarsat, Iridium… but that’s not all.
SnakeSwitch knows the details of all your data plans. Before you run into extra charges for exceeding a specific data plan, it will select an alternative that has capacity remaining. SnakeSwitch thus ensures that all your expensive airtime packages are fully used.
Nothing gets left behind!
You certainly won’t be able to do this on our SnakeBox.
Taking advantage of the latest highly integrated chip set technology available on the market, it consumes less than 2 Watts and produces no noticeable heat. Less heat directly translates to fewer failures and a longer life span.