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Zenitel equips inaugural vessel with the brand new Smart1 Wireless Telephone System


The smartphone handsets handle HD voice and alarm messages over a ship covering DECT network and uses WIFI network for email, internet and apps.

Smart1 is our partner COBS device which is integrated with the vessels onboard PBX via a SIP protocol. This integration allows full mobility of the crew members and allows them to be reached by voice calls, alarm messages as well as emails anywhere onboard. 

“Through our close relationship with Eckerö we were able to guide them in finding an intelligent and reliable communication solution that met all the demands of working at sea. COBs and Zenitel have a close history of working together, enabling us to deliver a successful installation onboard MS Birka” says Jörgen Berggren, Solution Manager at Zenitel.

The Cruise vessel MS Birka, is owned by the Shipowners Eckerö from Aaland. The vessel was built in Finland in 2004 and operates the Stockholm, Sweden – Mariehamn, Finland route, through the popular Stockholm archipelago.

About Shipowner Eckerö

Eckerö Shipping Ab Ltd is a shipping company specialized in the transportation of forestry products, unitized general cargo and trailers, on Ro-Ro vessels. In addition to the Cargo industry, Eckerö also has a Cruise industry, called Birka Cruises. The office of Eckerö Shipping is situated in Mariehamn on the Aaland Islands, a center of shipping in Finland, with direct access to the accumulated experience and know-how of the owners.

About COBS

COBS AB is one of Sweden’s leading companies within alarm and messaging features for wireless communication with focus on safety and security. COBS has approximately 70 000 users in Sweden and Europe, and they have installed over 5000 communication solutions

About Zenitel Group

Zenitel has a strong presence in both the onshore and offshore secure communications market through its product brand, Vingtor-Stentofon. The brand is recognized globally for offering advanced offshore and onshore communication systems. Vingtor-Stentofon provides integrated security communications for environments where life, property and assets are at stake.

Vingtor-Stentofon’s primary system offering is within Public Address, Intercom and Radio. The key markets include: Building Security Public Safety, Transportation, Industrial, Oil Gas and Maritime. Zenitel is listed on the Euronext stock exchange in Brussels, with its statutory headquarter situated in Belgium. Zenitel’s operational headquarter is in Norway.

Media Contact Zenitel: Victoria Surman
Phone: +47 400 02 587
E-mail: victoria.surman[at]zenitel[dot]com

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