Blue Wireless global 4G LTE connectivity leverages Cradlepoint’s purpose-built solution to support Vroon’s digital transformation
Amsterdam, 13 December 2021 – Vroon, a global leader in shipping & support solutions with approximately 120 deepsea and offshore vessels around the world, has selected wireless network service provider Blue Wireless to supplement connectivity on board its vessels. Blue Wireless supports the implementation and management of Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE solution, with plans to equip more than a hundred vessels and enable improved access to cloud solutions and maritime applications.
As part of a drive to improve connectivity on board, Vroon issued a global RFP in early 2021 to select a partner to offer a turnkey 4G LTE connectivity solution, as the company expands the use of Microsoft Dynamics, MS Teams, and other cloud applications to its global fleet. To make this possible, the existing onboard satellite infrastructure is being augmented with high-speed 4G LTE and Cradlepoint NetCloud and wireless edge routers, taking advantage of higher speed, low-cost wireless connectivity when operating near shore. As the Vroon fleet operates worldwide, it is crucial for the solution to be reliable and flexible, as well as managed and monitored remotely. Equally important are the control mechanisms and optimizations of data costs when navigating across different countries and regions.
Full steam ahead
Blue Wireless was able to put together a solution based on Cradlepoint’s industry-leading cellular routers, combined with long-range Poynting antennas with worldwide implementation, providing global mobile data coverage and support.
Cradlepoint NetCloud and its 4G LTE and 5G routers are ideal for professional maritime applications as they are available in ruggedized versions for marine conditions. NetCloud Manager provides Blue Wireless and Vroon’s central IT team a single pane of glass view and control without the need for IT staff to go on board the vessels. In combination with long-range Poynting antennas, the Cradlepoint NetCloud Service and 4G LTE routers provide the vessels with high-speed and reliable cellular connectivity when in port or navigating near shore, allowing considerably better connectivity than via traditional satellites, in terms of speed and latency. The Blue Wireless solution includes configuration, implementation, bundled cellular connectivity, and ongoing support for all these elements. Blue Wireless also provides a unique, low-cost data model that can use up to four different SIM cards to optimize cost and performance. The leveraging of fast and reliable cellular for ship-to-shore connectivity will allow Vroon to move forward on the company’s digital journey.
Cradlepoint is a global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud™ platform and cellular routers deliver a pervasive, secure, and software-defined Wireless WAN edge to connect people, places, and things — anywhere. More than 25,000 businesses and government agencies worldwide, including many Global 2000 organizations and top public sector agencies, rely on Cradlepoint to keep mission-critical sites, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices permanently connected. Cradlepoint was founded in 2006, acquired by Ericsson in 2020, and today operates as a standalone subsidiary within Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies and New Businesses. Cradlepoint is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with development centers in Silicon Valley and India, and international offices in the UK and Australia. www.cradlepoint.com
About Blue Wireless
Blue Wireless is a next-generation network service provider delivering reliable and flexible wireless connectivity solutions for branches, retail sites, remote locations, and the maritime industry in over 80 countries worldwide. With offices around the world, Blue Wireless’ all-in-one solution brings together the equipment, data, field services, and management to simplify our customers’ connectivity for them to focus on their business. Blue Wireless is a Cradlepoint Elite Partner and wireless equipment distributor of choice through its subsidiary Go Wireless.
Vroon provides seagoing transportation services and engineering & support solutions that are reliable, sustainable, cost effective and enable its customers to be successful.
With headquarters located in Breda (the Netherlands), the company employs about 2,000 professionals in offices around the world and on board a diverse fleet of approximately 120 vessels. Vroon is active - through various subsidiaries and under different brand names - in the following business segments: livestock carriers; offshore-support vessels and services; dry-cargo vessels; container vessels; product tankers; high-heat tankers; car carriers and vessel-management services.