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Livewire Connections Deliver Full Comms Solution to 70m Super Yacht

Livewire Connections completed the supply and installation of a complete satellite communications and IT network onboard the new 70m MY Talisman C, which was successfully launched and delivered in autumn 2011 on time and within budget.

Talisman C was built at Proteksan Turquoise Yachts in Turkey and Livewire Connections was contracted to provide all satellite communications, TVRO and IT network equipment following on from a good relationship spanning a 5 year period with the owners previous yacht.

Having designed and built Talisman C (Project NB-53) for world cruising it was essential to have equipment and systems onboard that were able to deliver robust and reliable connectivity anywhere in the world. For this very reason Talisman C is equipped with the very latest Sea Tel VSAT systems allowing the Captain, Owner and Guests to enjoy internet access, email and voice communications around the globe. 

Livewire Connections installed two Sea Tel 6004 TVRO systems with an arbitrator to eliminate mast blockage and two Sea Tel 6009 VSAT systems with the latest dual antenna arbitrator to allow a single modem to operate efficiently with two antennas. The larger 1.5m antennas provide the extra gain required for yachts exploring remote parts of the world to ensure a good connection is maintained even on the edge of satellite coverage.

Even when VSAT service is unavailable Talisman C can simply select a variety of back-up communications via the Livewire Access Controller FB-10, which then provides access to the internet via Inmarsat Fleet Broadband, 3G, shore connection or port Wi-Fi. The Access Controller FB-10 also allows the vessel to manage the internet bandwidth by dynamically prioritising owners and guests over the crew as well as monitoring each user’s throughput to ensure the connection is not unnecessarily abused.

Talisman C was fitted with the latest Dell PowerEdge and PowerVault Servers running a full domain environment with Livewire Mail and a managed internal WLAN system allowing users to seamlessly roam with their laptops, iPads and iPods around the yacht without losing internet connectivity.

Livewire Connections undertook the complete equipment installation with a team of dedicated in-house engineers and a Project Manager throughout the design and build phase. By working closely with both the shipyard and the owner’s team to ensure the project was delivered to specification and on time. All works including design drawings, cable terminations and hardware installation and antenna commissioning were performed by Livewire Connections engineers.

“From the start of the project to the finish, Livewire Connections have been very competent and successful at the design and installation of our onboard IT and VSAT communications. We have not been without internet since the day we launched and the owners are extremely happy.” - Captain Chris Russell, MY Talisman C

Tom Cecil, Livewire Connections Project Manager for the build process said, “This installation project has gone extremely smoothly with excellent co-operation with the shipyard and owners build team.  It is very pleasing to see all the hard work and effort result in such an elegant and well equipped yacht.”  This care and attention to detail is all part of the turnkey satellite and communications services Livewire Connections offers its’ customers on a daily basis.


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