SkyFile® Weather  Service   

   

Advanced Satellite Communications. And more.

     
   

SkyFile® Weather provides seafarers with customized professional weather information including high resolution images as well as other critical data such as sea surface temperature, wind and swell.

     
   

Easy to install and use, SkyFile Weather ofers several unique features, including GMDSS** information. Based on Météo France’s software engine, you beneit from very reliable and always up-to-date weather information, no matter your location.

SkyFile Weather is part of our portfolio of EX4U Telecom Services & Solutions .

     
    AT A GLANCE
  • Cost-efficient: software is free; pay only for airtime spent and personalized weather data files (GRIB* format).
  • Reliable: based o software engine developed by Meteo France.
  • Multiple daily updates: provides weather forecast updates up to four times per day.
  • Unique features: provides weather forecast based on movement & speed of vessel as well as GMDSS information.
  • Multiple networks: works across multiple satellite networks.
  • Multi-platform: compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
  • Safety at sea: receive weather forecst for your actual position anytime & anywhere.
     
   

WEATHER FORECAST.  And more.

    SkyFile Weather is more than a software program providing weather forecasts for merchant ships, fishing and pleasure boats.
It enables you to receive GRIB files with personalized weather forecast information upon request.
Further it provides you with a variety of additional features:
  • Versatile: requester and viewer are integrated into a single unique tool.
  • Safety at sea: provides essential GMDSS information like description of security areas and weather alerts. As such it improves the security onboard and optimizes the navigation.
  • Intelligent: weather forecasts are based on movement (course and speed) of the vessel − up to 12 days of forecast.
  • Versatile: provides variety of digital maps; users can choose weather parameters including sea level pressure, wind, wave (total waves and wind wave), sea surface temperature, primary and secondary swell, sea current and (soon) rain.
  • Cost-efective: iles compressed up to 35% ensuring less transmission time when used in conjuction with SkyFile Mail, a free messaging and compression tool for you.
  • Customizable: create your own weather forecast animation, making forecast interpretation easier.
     
   

RELIABLE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION

    SkyFile Weather provides seafarers reliable and accurate weather information.
  • Weather information is provided by Météo France,an internationally recognized meteorological service and a member of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization).
  • Météo France uses the latest generation of meteorological terrestrial systems and satellites and has access to a global meteorological network,providing around the clock up-to-date weather information.
  • SkyFile Weather ofers bulletins and an extensive selection of high resolution satellite images for accurate weather forecasts and safe navigation.
  • Customers beneit from the same quality of accuracy of weather information for large and small navigation zones.
  • When using SkyFile Weather together with SkyFile Mail, GRIB iles will be automatically transferred from SkyFile Mail to the SkyFile Weather database thanks to SkyFile Mail's API feature - in all other cases the files have to be moved manually.
  • SkyFile Weather‘s automation feature allows you to receive accurate daily weather forecasts for the same area without sending a request every day.
  • Customers beneit from weather forecasts updated up to 4 times per day.
     
   

WORKS ACROSS MULTIPLE SATELLITE NETWORKS

   
  • SkyFile Weather works across all satellite systems, be it mobile satellite systems such as Inmarsat, Iridium or Thuraya (mainly for MPDS, FleetBroadband, BGAN, Iridium OpenPort™ and ThurayaIP) or VSAT fixed satellite systems. 
  • SkyFile Weather works even with Inmarsat C thanks to the DecodGrib tool. SkyFile Weather can be used in conjunction with SkyFile Mail and SkyFile Access.
  • The software is usable on multiple platforms (windows - Mac and Linux). Request transfer is available by mail or by direct SMTP (mainly for MPDS, FleetBroadband and BGAN).
     
   

EASY TO INSTALL AND USE

    SkyFile Weather is easy to install and to use:
  • Two installation options: you can select to install the software to your onboard PC or use it directly from a USB drive. Our SkyFile Weather software is easy to use,
  • whether you are onboard a vessel, in a cyber cafe or at home.
  • Receive GRIB iles for specific areas: you must be a registered user as GRIB iles are subject to a nominal fee. Contact us for details .
  • Maintain cost control: select precisely the area for which you would like to receive the information (GRIB files) and you will know immediately how much it will cost.
  • Choose your preferred language: software is available in English, French, German (soon), and Spanish.
  • Streamlined invoicing: GRIB ile fees are included with your monthly invoice.
    It can be used together with SkyFile® Mail .
     
    For a wide range of products
    SkyFile® Weather is available on all Inmarsat services, even Inmarsat C, as well as on Iridium and Thuraya and VSAT:
  • Inmarsat FleetBroadband: For simultaneous voice & data at speeds up to 432 kbps.
  • Inmarsat B: Voice, fax & data at up to 64 kbps, compatible with the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
  • Inmarsat Mini M: Inmarsat phone for voice, fax & data (2.4 kbps).
  • BGAN: The broadband mobile office delivering simultaneous voice & high speed data on land at up to 492 kbps.
  • Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro: Global coverage: service operates seamlessly on Inmarsat’s I -4 geostationary satellite network.´Effective Data rates up to 20 kbps.
  • Inmarsat M4 (or GAN): Voice, fax & data at up to 64 kbps.
  • Inmarsat M: Two-way voice telephony, distress alerting, fax & data services at lower data rates
  • Inmarsat Fleet Family: For communications and safety at sea, the Fleet family delivers high-quality mobile voice, fax and data at up to 64 kbps.
  • Inmarsat C: For two-way store-and-forward messaging, distress calling, data reporting and polling, data at 0.6 kpbs. (Please download & install DecodGrib software, then you can use SkyFile® Weather with Inmarsat C).
  • Iridium: Satellite terminals & handsets including voice, fax and data at up to 9.6 kbps. No other satellite communications offers such complete coverage. Activate RUDICS on SkyFile® Mail to boost your data communications, improve connection quality, and reduce connection time by over 50%.
  • Thuraya: Satellite terminals & handsets including voice, fax and data at up to 60 kbps. Thuraya comes at lower costs than any other satphone currently available, while integrating satellite, GSM, GPS and GmPRS for full convenience & mobility.
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    What's new
    The new version delivers meteorological information more rapidly through a direct internet connection established via the mobile satellite terminal.

HTTP direct connection
A direct internet connection from the mobile satellite terminal to the Météo France server is now available.
  • Delivers meteorological information to crew more rapidly: rapid request (less than one minute) and retrieval of files.
  • Provides greater flexibility and data security.
  • Uses the latest IP technologies to avoid the previous mandatory transmission via email.
  • Is suitable for IP satellite terminals such as Inmarsat Fleet/MPDS, BGAN, FleetBroadband, SwiftBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and Thuraya IP.

Routing service
SkyFile Weather enables customers to superimpose a forecast on the map in order to determine the optimal route for the ship.
  • Provides a clear and understandable view of weather conditions in the near future, enabling the master to change the vessel route accordingly.
  • Increases security onboard the vessel.
  • Enables the shipping company to gain time and money when master is choosing the best and safest route.

Calculating evolving weather conditions
SkyFile Weather is now able to calculate and display weather conditions every hour between two weather forecast timing points:
  • Provides a better understanding and clearer view of the evolving weather conditions over a set period of time.
  • Increases security and safety onboard.
     
    GETTING STARTED
    To register as a SkyFile Weather user contact Customer Care .
You receive the confirmation of your registration by email together with a download link for the newest version of the SkyFile Weather. This software is cost free.
     
    *GRIB (GRIdded Binary) is a mathematically concise data format commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data.
It is standardized by the WMO’s networks.
    **GMDSS = Global Maritime Distress Safety System
   

 

   

For more information about SkyFile Weather or to learn more about our Solutions, contact Customer Care .

     
   

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