Commercial Overview 


Commercial System Overview 

In today’s fleet management world, of course the large fleets with the massive vessels and the large corporate IT resources enjoy the benefits of extending the internet to the vessel. Extending IT systems from the desk to the bridge. SkyMate does not have internet on board systems. For the rest of the market fleets and vessels were left with waiting until the ship docked, or an exception based Sat phone call to stay in touch.  SkyMate is a new option. A powerful fleet communications system at a cost that small and medium sized companies can afford.

What SkyMate does is expand management from the shore to the ship. What it provides is a means to objectively track in real time what is going on with the fleet and make plans adjustments accordingly. SkyMate provides business communications between ship and shore, everything from custom forms to texts and emails with small attachments. SkyMate provides IOT asset management between the office and the vessels hundreds and thousands of miles away, let you monitor fuel levels, engine data, gear usage, at sea idle times, etc.

For the captain and crew, SkyMate provides tools that enhance safety such as current weather updates, email alerts, and an SOS feature to request emergency help. It provides the tools to stay connected with the office and loved ones.  

For those commercial fishing fleet operators, note that SkyMate has versions that are type approved in many jurisdictions as a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). One tool for both internal use and regulatory reporting.  

SkyMate has a simplicity of design that makes it easy to use, easy to install and easy to service.   It is driven by open standards principals. Use your own software, Outlook or Gmail for email, connect the shore to your IT system with APIs, customize forms for data capture, connect the system to NMEA bus, add a sensor of your choice or design to monitor or control remotely. Onboard, use any or many user interface devices, the smartphone or tablet, an onboard laptop or PC system and  even one of the many MFDs that support the SkyMate user interface.  

When you talk to your SkyMate dealer you will quickly see the simple return on investment and the manageable scale of the investment that makes SkyMate a very unique, powerful new management tool for the small and medium sized commercial fleet.

m1600 System Features


m1600 System Features


The m1600 system provides continuous, global surveillance and can be configured:

  • to report at a range of intervals (minutes to days)

  • to report at variable rates (e.g. in-harbor, at-sea, geo-fence)

  • to report with a standard or advanced format (includes SOG, COG) 

  • to record positional data (available for interrogation)

  • over-the-air by the National FMC (via SkyMate)

There is no means for crew to change the reporting interval.  The position reporting  communications protocol is closed and secure (absolutely no spoofing).

Position reporting with m1600 also includes Fleet Tracking. This online map-based service gives fleet managers and shipowners the ability to know exactlywhere their vessels are.

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With reliable, global satellite connectivity, the m1600 is able to sent and receive electronic forms at anytime, from anywhere. This system will allow users to transmit forms to the shore, and helps increase the efficeincy of billing and information flow.

Value-added Features


The m1600 can be used to send and receive emails anywhere in the world.  The Communications Hub has its own SMS phone number (via Twillio), allowing a user, when off-shore, to message any other SMS device on-shore, over the satellite connection. 


Through the browser UI, the m1600 will provide global weather, on demand, for any location at sea.  For example, the Point Forecast weather reports include wave heights, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure and temperature.


The user can request contact with a Search and Rescue service by activating the SOS function (via the KeyPad).  The m1600 connects directly to the SAR and provides a two-way messaging capability.  While the SOS is active, the m1600 continually reports the vessel position to the SAR.


The m1600 sentry accessory provides the user to have up to 16 sensors monitored.  These sensors can be monitored by a custom set of rules such that when a sensor event happens, and email or SMS is sent (emergency notifications).  Sentry also provides a daily status report of the sensors configured.   

m1600 Commercial System Hardware 


m1600 Commercial System Hardware

The m1600 hardware is user friendly and very easy to install (DIY) and operate.  It’s plug-and-play right out of its eco-friendly box. 

 The system works with any UI device that has a web browser.  You just Wi-Fi connect your device to the m1600, point your browser to the m1600 ( and you are in.  The Wi-Fi password is your security; after you first connect, there is no login required.  The SI-TEX Navstar and Raymarine Axiom MFDs can also be used to connect to the m1600.

The KeyPad provides the user an indication whenever there is an message (email or SMS) waiting to be viewed.  When the UI device connects and views the message the light goes out.  When Sentry is installed, the Sentry button allows the user to engage/disengage the Sentry monitoring (depending on how the user configures the rules).  The SOS buttons (both need to be pressed simultaneously to activate/deactivate this function) are available even when the unit is powered OFF.  A full description of the KeyPad operation is available under Support à documentation.

The LEDs on the Communications Hub provide status of the system, which are mostly useful when the system is not operating as expected.  A full description of the LEDs is available under
Support - Documents.    


• Operating: -15°C to 55°C

• Non-Operating: -35°C to 60°C

• IEC 60945, EN 60529, IP67


• For operation in both nominal 12V and 24VDC battery systems

• Less than 5W power required (fully configured)

• Reverse wiring polarity protection

• Continuous over-voltage protection


• Firmware updates over satellite and via terminal


• Integrated audio notifications (buzzer)

• Customizable Geo-fencing

• Global Search and Rescue

• NMEA 2000, USB, Wi-Fi, BLE communications capability


• 57mm(H) x 133mm(W) x 133mm(L)

• Weight 0.50kg

• Vertical or horizontal mounting bracket provided

• 2m power cable with USB

• Wi-Fi access point

• LED status indicators

• Internal battery for monitoring and emergency operation


• 94mm(H) x 127mm(W) x 54mm(L)

• Weight 0.72kg

• Surface or pole mounting options

• 10m CAT5 cable (can be extended up to 30m)

• Dual Iridium/GPS antenna


• 13mm(H) x 102mm(W) x 102mm(L)

• Weight 0.20kg

• Adhesive or bolt mounting options

• 2m cable (can be extended up to 12m)

m1600 Accessories

The m1600 has several accessories (not included) which may be required for your installation or to provide functional extensions. 

Cables:  There are 10m extension cables available for the Smart Antenna and the Keypad.  For the Smart Antenna, two extensions cables can be added (maximum 30m); for the KeyPad, only one extension cable can be added (maximum 12m).

Siren:  An external siren can be connected to the system.  It will operate in conjunction with the integrated audible notifications (buzzer).  The default conditions that set off the buzzer/siren are:  the External Power disconnected; the Vessel is outside EEZ geo-zone or the SOS function is activated.

How It Works


m1600 Commercial System Network 

Sentry Remote
Monitoring and Control


Sentry Remote
Monitoring and Control

Sentry allows users to have up to 16 sensors monitored.  These sensors can be monitored by a custom set of rules such that when a sensor event happens, and email or SMS is sent (emergency notifications).  Sentry also provides a daily status report of the sensors configured.

For more information about Sentry:

Sentry Features

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Peace of mind

  • Schedule daily or weekly updates on your vessels status

  • Receive emergency notifications

  • Create geo-fences and track your vessel’s location

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always connected

  • Stay connected to your vessel anywhere in the world with global coverage

  • Ability to monitor and control up to 16 sensors/actuators

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ultimate convenience

  • Control electronics connected to a Sentry Actuator with rules

  • Remotely turn on or off electronics connected to Sentry Actuator

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total control

  • Create custom rules to meet your specific needs. For example:

  • If shore power is disconnected, turn off freezer

  • If the boat leaves the marina, send a notification

  • If the door opens, sound alarm

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  • Stay connected and know the status of your vessel in incliment weather or in remote ports

  • Receive vessel updates and emergency notifications via email, SMS or phone


How To Buy 


How To Buy

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