AST Evolution Intelligent Router is the brains behind the system and allows AST to provide a standardised VSAT system that is still highly customisable. It is a revolutionary solution that puts users in total control of their vessel communication links and offers the following:
This allows different networks and usage policies i.e. one for corporate data, a client network and a crew welfare network.
Crew/Guest access (optionally via wifi)
‘Café style’ where users have to use a username and password to authenticate before being allowed access to the internet and individual or group policies assigned to manage time and/or usage quota on the internet.
Upto 8 WAN devices
Advanced content filtering can be applied to each network on board, preventing unwanted or inappropriate use of the link, preserving bandwidth for priority applications and controlling costs e.g. blocking video content, smart web filtering based on categories such as pornography, software updates and other bandwidth consuming applications.
Advanced reporting tools
Advanced reporting tools that are easy to read help your vessel managers better manage their vessels e.g. we can set up daily/weekly reports showing uptime, bandwidth utilisation, top 10 users onboard, top 10 web sites visited, top 10 blocked sites/applications etc.
Remote Maintenance, Out-of-Band Management
Out-of-Band Management (OBM) allows AST to utilise any WAN interface (we normally supply a FleetBroadband Terminal as part of the solution) to effectively remotely manage and help you control and troubleshoot both hardware and network issues, hence reducing the cost and complexity of supporting satellite network environments. Keeping you connected is our mission. Remote locations and difficult transportation to a vessel can impede quick response when communications are compromised. OBM enables AST technical staff to act instantly and proactively to detect, analyse and repair possible disruptions to your communications services without depending on network availability or adversely impacting network performance. OBM in addition to optional onboard spare parts kits means that AST can diagnose a hardware issue and get the vessel engineer to replace faulty modules without the need to send a Satellite Engineer onboard, getting you back and running in no time at a fraction of the cost.