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Fairfield Geotechnologies introduces high-speed seismic data transfer for clients with Marlink VSAT

(18 March 2019 - Marlink) Fairfield Geotechnologies, the Houston-based life-of-field technology, data and solutions provider has selected Marlink to provide a highly customised VSAT solution for two Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic survey vessels operating on behalf of oil & gas industry clients globally.

Marlink and Fairfield Geotechnologies have worked closely together on a sophisticated solution that will power new efficiencies through digital operations, with survey data transfer enabled by guaranteed bandwidth, extreme resilience and unmatched global coverage. With Marlink providing class leading Committed and Maximum Information Rates, Fairfield Geotechnologies’ unique OBN survey data can be shared with distributed experts and stakeholders quickly and easily, giving its clients a dynamic platform for decision making in both the short and long-term.

Marlink has also made wireless internet available in cabins and communal areas part of the service, so workers can browse the web or keep in touch with friends and family on social media platforms using their own mobile device, when off shift. Enabled by Marlink’s XChange centralised communications management system, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an easy to deploy and manage service that can significantly boost crew morale, which is especially important on extended offshore campaigns.

With its own operations, crew welfare and client capabilities to consider, reliability was a key requirement for Fairfield Geotechnologies during its selection process. The Marlink team proposed a dual VSAT antenna solution including L-band back-up to ensure the best availability of broadband connectivity, also with redundant Below Deck Equipment, including router, switch and modem. The result is higher quality and availability of service regardless of conditions, as well as streamlined trouble-shooting and support.

“A customised delivery is almost a pre-requisite for networks of this complexity,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. “By working closely with Fairfield Geotechnologies, we have developed and implemented a VSAT solution that delivers on their strict quality and availability requirements, ensuring 24/7 access to fast, seamless connectivity for all users on board.”

About the Marlink Group

The Marlink Group is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end managed connectivity and IT solutions. The group which includes Marlink, Telemar, Palantir, Livewire Connections and OmniAccess, provides maritime and enterprise customers with an integrated offering of reliable broadband communications and IT, digital solutions, bridge electronics, and flexible service and maintenance.

The Marlink Group’s unrivalled portfolio of multi-band communication solutions covering Ku-, Ka-, C- and L-band services is augmented with mobile and terrestrial links and an industry-unique range of digital solutions. With more than 1000 employees worldwide, the Group serves enterprise and maritime customers globally, including: Shipping, Offshore, Cruise & Ferry, Yachting and Fishing, as well as Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Humanitarian & NGO, Media & Events.

The Marlink Group delivers solutions with unrivalled service and support through an enhanced global footprint, including a network of sales and service locations ensuring customer proximity. Our 24/7 service desk, local presence on all continents and a network of 1250 service points staffed with highly qualified service engineers support our customers globally to operate their business in an ever smarter, safer and more profitable way.

More than 70 years’ experience, combined with our strong satellite network and hardware manufacturer partnerships, enables Marlink to bring the power of smart connectivity solutions to customers worldwide, helping them to digitalise their remote business operations wherever they are.

The Group is led by Erik Ceuppens as CEO.