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By Rich Handley
Feb 09, 2017

Navico, Vodafone Partner to Add Global Connectivity to GoFree Product Suite

Vodafone has announced that it is working with Navico, an international marine electronics company, to bring global connectivity to Navico's GoFree product suite. Using the Vodafone Global Internet of Things subscriber identity module, GoFree can provide boaters, fleet managers and service technicians with the ability to monitor, log, transmit and report important vessel information in real time.

With this connectivity, GoFree Track can monitor critical vessel information, such as engine hours, battery status, oil pressure, coolant temperature and fuel consumption. By tracking these onboard assets, boaters can access details regarding potential mechanical problems and share them with technicians to service a specific area in need. Vodafone's IoT technology allows GoFree Track to monitor bilge levels and alarms, the company reports, letting boaters know if a vessel is taking on water and allowing them to react accordingly, as well as notifying them if there is a loss of shore power, which can drain batteries and potentially damage onboard systems.

All data collected is transmitted back to the GoFree Vessel online module for immediate viewing, the company explains, affording consumers improved access to and control of vessel details. GoFree Vessel allows users to play back different boating trips to share with friends or service partners.

"Whether you're a recreational boater or a corporate fleet manager, our GoFree Track and GoFree Vessel solutions take remote vessel monitoring to a new level," said Leif Ottosson, Navico's CEO, in a prepared statement. "To bring our consumers the latest in marine telematics, we wanted to provide connectivity no matter where in the world their vessel takes them, which required a true, global service."

Vodafone's global network and the Vodafone Global IoT SIM connect GoFree Track and GoFree Vessel across the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. This, the firm says, makes it easier to offer these connected products to all types of marine vessels, including local boats or cargo ships traveling internationally.

"Marine electronics are an example of how IoT technologies are transforming industries by bringing connectivity to places not previously reachable," said Ivo Rook, Vodafone's head of IoT, in a prepared statement. "These Navico technologies, connected by Vodafone IoT, bring new possibilities to boaters across the world and provide them with in-depth information into their vessels."

GoFree Track is offered with a variety of communication options, including Track-WiFi or Track-CellFi. These options each leverage Vodafone's Global SIM to connect users to 2G or 3G networks throughout the world.

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