<h1>Snakeways Maritime Newsletter.</h1>
<p>Snakeways Maritime Newsletter.</p>
How? Firstly, our only standard is excellence. Secondly, to us it is important to listen to the customer. Thirdly, using the best solution in the industry by using modern technologies.
What? The SnakeBox offers the best solution for connecting remote locations to corporate networks. Above all, we focus on reliable, and cost-effective use of satellite or slow data links.
Why? We succeed even in a fragmented, improvised, or a bandwidth limited environment because we know how to design products to perform efficiently.
Who? We are a team of maritime technology professionals with decades of experience. We know what works – and what doesn’t. As a result, SnakeWays has been founded because we provide the best services to our customers.
SnakeWays brings a hybrid communications solution of hardware, software, and cloud components to the maritime market. In other words, SnakeMail is one of the system’s core elements. Therefore, providing a fully-featured and reliable E-Mail service. Snakeways Maritime Newsletter.
Firstly, with the SnakeMail service, you can choose between E-Mail addresses provided by SnakeWays or keep your corporate mail identity. Secondly, to clarify, SnakeCloud receives E-Mail directly from the internet or collects your messages from a wide choice of E-mail services. For instance, office 365, Microsoft Exchange. And many others.
Moreover, SnakeMail goes one step further and also keeps the ‘Sent’ mailbox folder on the ship in sync with your corporate mail account. Certainly, without additional overhead. Most importantly, keeping management informed of all current and past communications of your fleet.
That is to say, regardless of your choice, our proprietary transfer technology will assure: Firstly, reliable. Secondly, secure. And thirdly, efficient real-time message delivery to and from your ships.
With SnakeMail, you have full control over your messaging, subsequently, a choice of mail filter settings keeps you in control of your traffic both in and outbound. Therefore, all messages are subject to strict spam and antivirus filtering using proven Barracuda® E-Mail protection solutions.
SnakeMail operates over any TCP capable network connection, fast or slow, dependable or erratic, expensive or affordable, so, it will always get your traffic across.
All communications support, and, prioritize the secure E-Mail protocols SSL, TLS, and STARTTLS. VPN or leased line connections are available for end-to-end secure communications between ships and customer premises.
As an Industry first, SnakeMail provides real-time parcel like, for example, ship to shore, end to end E-Mail tracking and communication. In other words, you can check on either ship or shore where your mail is.
But, SnakeMail goes beyond traditional delivery notifications: it reports about the reading, and, forwarding of a message for each recipient therefore allowing you to act, for instance, on failed or delayed messages.
In conclusion, you will always know where your messages are with SnakeMail.
SnakeMail makes accessing your E-Mail easy, therefore, you can use your favorite mail client or the mobile device-aware webmail service. You can, for instance, use SnakeMail with any PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, and, even switch seamlessly between devices.
SnakeMail protects and safeguards your messages in two ways. Firstly, the SnakeBox stores your mail data on an encrypted SD card that can be easily moved to a spare SnakeBox. Secondly, the automated backup Maritime E-Mail System silently stores a password-protected copy of your valuable mailbox content on a storage device of your choice.
Certainly, SnakeMail is part of the SnakeBox, an innovative smart device using state of the art hardware. On the other hand, because of it`s user-friendly web interface, configuring the system is fast, and, easy. No matter if the SnakeBox has been pre-reconfigured, set up remotely, or locally; getting it up and running is quick and easy, and, does not require a visiting technician. In conclusion, a true self install.
The SnakeBox device provides the physical platform for the various services offered by SnakeWays.
In addition, the hardware takes advantage of the latest chip technologies available on the market, and, contrary to others classic network appliances and embedded devices, the SnakeBox hardware is based on highly integrated chipsets initially designed for use in smartphones.
On the other hand, additional hardware modules that plug into the mainboard extend the E-Mail Communication SnakeBox functionality.
All extension cards are installed inside the SnakeBox, and, as a result, no external connections other than antennas if needed.
Configuration and operation of the extensions’ features are fully integrated into the SnakeWays user interface, consequently, enabling remote configuration through SnakeCloud or SnakeBox.
The SnakeWays Secure, and, efficient E-Mail communication System provides centrally managed routing, E-Mail, remote access, and, data transfer services to the maritime market. Two core elements provide the functionality: Firstly, the SnakeBox smart router, and, Secondly, the application server and the SnakeCloud service and management server.
To clarify, the SnakeBox provides the routing and application functionality onboard your vessels. It physically interfaces local LAN segments and WAN connections. Moreover, it also hosts applications like the E-Mail service, file server. On the other hand, database storage for configuration, reporting, and device management.
Each customer has its own dedicated virtual server instance, which provides Maritime E-Mail System management, centralized configuration, reporting, billing, and, application services to the customer’s SnakeBox installations.
Above all, SnakeCloud and SnakeBox work together to form a smart, secure, and, efficient E-Mail communication system that provides various SnakeWays services. As a result, they exchange configuration, status, and, reporting data in the background using very efficient synchronization protocols.
Using this principle, users can use either interface to manage and configure the system. Therefore, any configuration change is reflected, validated, applied, and, visible on both the SnakeCloud and remote SnakeBox.
Our team developed reliable Maritime E-Mail Features, and, efficient custom protocols to ensure a smooth and efficient transfer of data, files, and messages. High latency and low throughput connections over satellite or congested networks and high-speed links on modern LTE or similar circuits are equally well supported. Certainly, special care has been taken to ensure connectivity across circuits that apply using strict firewall policies, single or multiple NAT, or shared IP configurations.
For SnakeWays, security is of the highest priority. For example, all connections, mail, and data transfers are fully encrypted using the latest technology, and, all our servers are protected against intrusions and operate with all current security updates and patches applied.
To sum up, SnakeCloud and SnakeBox share a standard code set to provide all web-based Secure and efficient Maritime E-Mail Features and services based on the latest web development technologies. As a result, this approach assures a smooth and consistent user experience independent of the end-user device or location.
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.