Finnish Meteorological Institute to use KNL Networks for improving Arctic maritime operations

June 5, 2018 in Announcements

To boost the development of services supporting navigation and communication in the Arctic, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) will start using KNL Networks solutions. This enables the delivery of digital ice maps to support vessels in Arctic operations, and helps to solve communication needs in areas unreached by communication satellites.

These new operations began as part of Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, where FMI leads the priority ”Meteorological collaboration”. One of the projects within this priority is the FIN-YOPP (Year of Polar Prediction) Project. Here weather and ice condition data will be collected and processed by FMI Sodankylä National Satellite Data Center and transmitted near-real time through KNL Networks’ radio to selected ships operating in the Arctic region.

Powering arctic data communication

KNL Networks’ cognitive radio offers unique technology for long-distance data communication. Derived from years of research at the University of Oulu, KNL Networks has solved the technological challenges of using HF for reliable data communication. Each radio can act either as a base station (when connected to the internet through cellular or a wired connection) or as an endpoint (typically when out at sea). Each radio has a range of up to 10,000 KM and can find a connection to the internet from anywhere in the world.

As part of the program, FMI has purchased three of KNL Networks’ radios. Two sets will be installed aboard vessels operating in the Arctic, and one used as a base station operating out of the University Center in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Additionally, space weather observations as part of the TomoScand system will be used to support KNL’s outlines for monitoring HF signal strength.

KOGNIFAI AND KNL NETWORKS PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE AND SECURE SOLUTION FOR VESSEL CONNECTIVITY

May 24, 2018 in Announcements

Kongsberg Digital and Finnish maritime communications technology developer KNL Networks have joined forces to offer a low cost, secure connectivity solution on the Kognifai digital platform. 

Vigleik Takle, VP and Commercial Manager at KDI said, “We are thrilled to include KNL Networks in our rapidly growing ecosystem of partners. One of the barriers for digitalisation in Maritime sector has been related to the high connectivity cost of satellite connection. Through our partnership with KNL we can offer the option of a low cost connectivity solution, and thereby accelerate the digital transformation and enable our customers to start harness the tremendous value that lies in their data.

KNL’s unique hybrid technology integrates a state-of-the-art HF radio with cellular broadband, providing always-on data connectivity when at sea, and high-speed broadband when nearshore. Built from the ground up with military-grade security, KNL is built for the new wave of maritime digitalization with a unique channel for long-distance data communication and pole-to-pole coverage.

Toni Linden, CEO of KNL Networks said, “One look at what’s offered on the Kognifai Digital platform and you can see how much data ships at sea are producing through sensors and smart reporting. KNL networks knows that tomorrow’s maritime industry requires a revolutionary new data solution and services, and we’re proud to be part of Kongsberg Digital’s Kognifai platform .”

Learn more about Kognifai

About Kongsberg Digital 

Kongsberg Digital is a provider of next-generation software and digital solutions to customers within maritime, oil and gas, and renewables and utilities. The company consists of more than 500 software experts with leading competence within the internet of things, smart data, artificial intelligence, maritime simulation, automation and autonomous operations. Kongsberg Digital is one of three business areas of KONGSBERG, an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology.

About KNL Networks

KNL Networks is an Oulu, Finland-based company that has created an independent secure network for maritime connectivity. By combining a state-of-the-art HF radio for long-range data communication and global cellular data for near-shore internet, KNL Networks is designed for the digitalization of the maritime industry. We believe that the shipping industry, like any modern business, should always be connected.

KNL OPENS OFFICE IN HEART OF COPENHAGEN’S SHIPPING CLUSTER

March 7, 2018 in Announcements

7.3.2018 – COPENHAGEN – KNL Networks announces it has opened a new office in Copenhagen’s shipping cluster, accommodating growth and enabling the company to better support new customers. The new address will be used to not only expand KNL’s geographic footprint, but also to help the company tap into the area’s rich talent pool to fulfil the company’s growth strategy as it expands its data communications network.

Currently, KNL Networks’ HQ and R&D center is located in Oulu, Finland with a sales and support teams based in Helsinki, Oslo, and London. KNL Networks currently has a headcount of 33 employees.

“The decision to expand into Copenhagen’s shipping cluster is a natural part of our strategy,” says Toni Linden, CEO of KNL Networks. “We’ve built a revolutionary new communication solution for the shipping industry and it pays to be in close contact as we strengthen the maritime industry’s security and digitalization options.”

The new office is located at Strandvejen 60, 2900 Hellerup. Contact info@knlnetworks.com for more information. 

About KNL Networks
KNL Networks is an Oulu, Finland-based company that has created the first real alternative to satellite systems for maritime connectivity. By combining a state-of-the-art HF radio for long-range data communication and global cellular data for near-shore internet, KNL Networks is designed for the digitalization of the maritime industry. We believe that the shipping industry, like any modern business, should always be connected. More information at www.knlnetworks.com

 

 

 

KNL NETWORKS WINS WÄRTSILÄ’S SPARKUP CHALLENGE

March 1, 2018 in Announcements

Last night it was announced that KNL Networks was one of the first two winners of Wärtsilä’s SparkUp Challenge, an initiative by the maritime industry specialist to find innovative startups and to develop ideas for the smart shipping value chain. Out of 150 applicants, 11 startups made the shortlist to pitch and answer questions at the Wärtsilä Ventures event in Helsinki.

Starting in March, the KNL Networks team will collaborate over four months at the Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Center and will receive a capital grant of €50,000. KNL will be joined by Portcall.com, a collaboration platform that logs incoming and outgoing ships in ports, and optimises port operations.

“I think KNL has giant potential, and what I like most about their solution is that they have their own hardware from point to point, as well as their own cyber security, so nothing needs to be done over the internet,” says Jörgen Strandberg, member of the jury and General Manager Advanced Technology in Wärtsilä Marine Solutions in Wärtsilä’s statement.

“Both winning start-up companies are perfectly positioned to deliver our smart marine vision. This start-up collaboration will accelerate our business and help to create new value for our customers. I see it as being a strategically important step for Wärtsilä,” said Saku Mäihäniemi, member of the jury and Head of Digital of Wärtsilä Services.

More information can be found on Wärtsilä’s statement. Questions for KNL can be fielded through greg.anderson@knlnetworks.com

JORGEN PETER RASMUSSEN APPOINTED AS NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE KNL BOARD

November 1, 2017 in Announcements

OULU, FINLAND –  KNL Networks, the only alternative to satellite for maritime data communication, announces the board of directors has appointed Jorgen Peter Rasmussen as the company’s new Chairman.

Rasmussen, who is new to the KNL board, brings with him 34 years of experience in Oilfield services, Shipping, and IT services. Most notably, he’s spent 25 years in different top management jobs at Schlumberger Limited, was instrumental in the creation of Seawell Limited and Archer Limited, and brings with him a long career in Chairing technology companies.

At KNL Networks, Rasmussen will help build a strong team, guide the future strategy, and lead the board to support the company’s founders to complete the Internet at Sea and provide access everywhere at sea.

Rasmussen comments, “I joined KNL Networks because they have a great vision, unique technology, and dedicated people. I look forward to working with the team to build a global company assisting the business worlds of shipping, offshore, and defense/security with Internet access anywhere!”

With KNL Networks providing 99% service availability across the globe since April, the company is now focused on working with the most advanced shipping companies that are leveraging IoT data and autonomous hardware for smarter operations.

As one example, Norwegian shipping company Klaveness announced this September that it is running a pilot program with KNL to substitute traditional satellite communications with long-range terrestrial radio for the data collected by autonomous hardware. The potential of KNL is for every shipping company to lower their operating costs through the cost-efficiency and reliability of the KNL radio. The company’s technology has also recently been used in partnership with Fleetrange to provide ice and weather conditions in the Arctic, an area unreachable by satellite.

Toni Linden, CEO of KNL Networks comments, “It became clear in our first conversation just how much valuable knowledge and connections Jorgen brings to the table. Right now is one of the most exciting periods since we founded KNL. Our technology is the perfect match for maritime digitalization, and the shipping industry is hungry for someone to solve their connectivity constraints.”

 

About KNL Networks
KNL Networks is an Oulu, Finland-based company that has created the first real alternative to satellite systems for maritime connectivity. By combining a state-of-the-art HF radio for long-range data communication and global cellular data for near-shore internet, KNL Networks is designed for the digitalization of the maritime industry. We believe that the shipping industry, like any modern business, should always be connected. Find out more at www.knlnetworks.com

FINNISH MARITIME HIGH-TECH SET TO REVOLUTIONIZE ARCTIC SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

October 3, 2017 in Announcements

PRESS RELEASE 3. October 2017: Finnish maritime innovators Fleetrange and KNL Networks have successfully pioneered in providing cost-efficient Arctic situational awareness using a unique combination of IoT, Cloud and 3G/HF hybrid telecommunications technology. The solution includes up-to-date weather-, ice-, ship tracking and sensor data and sustains critical email communications in areas where satellite communications are expensive,unreliable or non-existent.

Fleetrange Ltd, a rising star of the Finnish maritime startup-scene, and KNL Networks, a revolutionary telecommunications company, have successfully solved Arctic situational awareness and communications challenges with their combined “Fleetrange with KNL” solution. The companies are also allegedly the first in the world to provide Arctic maritime situational awareness, IoT and communications using technology independent of satellites.

The technology trial has successfully been completed onboard Salén Ship Management’s luxury Expedition Cruiser “Hebridean Sky” during her Arctic season around Svalbard. The trial included the Fleetrange IoT cloud platform which uses KNL’s long-range – up to 10 000 km – 3G/HF hybrid communications technology to provide Arctic situational awareness between the ship and shore side office as well as sustaining critical operational email communications for the Captain.

“Fleetrange and KNL has always been a big help on our entire stay in Svalbard, especially on those areas that we don’t get any signal at all with the VSAT, by receiving the updated Ice Charts and Weather Forecasts in GRIB files, it truly helped us. I am impressed with how useful the HF email is when nothing else is available to connect and contact from the head office, supports, etc. And it enabled us to send reports despite the loss connection on our VSAT,“ – says Dindo L. Talon, IT Officer of M/S “Hebridean Sky”

“Ships in the Northern Arctic waters have been relying on non-existent or lower quality and expensive digital satellitecommunications for a long time. It is truly amazing for us tobe able to change this and be the pioneers with KNL in providing high availability digital communications and situational awareness solutions for these harsh waters”, – says Henrik Ramm-Schmidt, CEO and Founder of Fleetrange Ltd.

“At KNL our mission is to free the maritime industry from connectivity constraints, and this trial with Hebridean Sky is a great example of fulfilling that vision. Together with Fleetrange, we’re proud to have provided the key link of communication and content where satellite is unavailable,” says Toni Lindén, CEO and Founder of KNL Networks.

The trial was conducted during Hebridean Sky’s Arctic season 2017, where the ship was fitted with KNL’s patented and revolutionary cognitive and software defined radio equipment and Fleetrange IoT units. The Fleetrange cloud-based situational awareness solution was used to deliver up-to-date weather data and ice charts automatically to the ship and receiving IoT sensor data from the ship. The communication and awareness solution was systematically tested and monitored during the trial, which took the ship around Svalbard and all the way to the Arctic ice edge.

The “Fleetrange with KNL” solution is based on a unique combination of cost-efficient IoT and Cloud technology,where the ship sends IoT data, such as location, surrounding AIS-traffic and motion, and receives up-to-date weather and ice data from shore using KNL’s 3G/HF hybrid communications technology. KNL’s technology, in itself, isbased on an automated cognitive mesh-type radio network, where ships within 3G coverage act as base stations for shipsfurther out at sea at distances of up to 10 000 km. KNL technology is completely independent from communication satellites and offers a cost-efficient, global and cyber secure channel for email and IoT data.

 

 

 

Fleetrange Ltd

Fleetrange is an innovative Finnish maritime IT-startup with the mission to intelligently connect fleets and people with data, regardless of time, place, or device. Fleetrange solutions are firmly based on cost-efficient, simple, and visual real-time operational awareness.

www.fleetrange.com

KNL Networks Oy

KNL Networks is a Finnish telecommunications company offering the world’s first true alternative to satellite-based digital communications. The company’s hybrid solution utilizes 3G and long-range HF-radio waves together with a cognitive mesh-type radio network and provides always-on connectivity to shipping, enabling and improving business and digitalisation.

www.knlnetworks.com

Salén Ship Management

Salén Ship Management is a ship management company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our mission is to manage small expedition and destination cruise ships at a very high standard.  Salén Ship Management strives to run a hands-on operation with a permanent staff which include captains, chief engineers and hotel managers who share their time between ship and shore. Our team of people has vast experience from shipping, small ship cruising and maritime law. One of the founders is from the Swedish shipping family Salén – hence the name.

Salén Ship Management has the technical and hotel management of Island Sky, Caledonian Sky and the newest acquisition Hebridean Sky. These excellent destination cruise ships carry 114 to 118 passengers and are on long-term charter to Noble Caledonia in London.

www.salenship.com

KLAVENESS BEGINS KNL PILOT ABOARD THREE COMBINATION CARRIERS

September 18, 2017 in Announcements

 

We’ve seen firsthand how better access to data leads to better outcomes for the shipping industry. That’s why we’re proud to be working with Klaveness, who we see as one of the most forward-thinking shipping companies when it comes to maritime digitalization.

With new maritime automation systems installed, Klaveness is now running a pilot program with KNL on three of Klaveness’ combination carriers. KNL will be used to stream data to shore instead of relying solely on satellites.

Christian Hovden, Project Manager Automation in Klaveness says, “With this setup our combination carriers can report data 24/7, and not only when they are close to shore. These regular transmissions have the potential to greatly improve the value of the data collected, but the system also allows us to have data transmitted in real-time from the automation system.”

Read the full article on Klaveness’ website.

JOIN KNL AT DISRUPTIVE COMMUNICATION DISCOVERY DAY IN SINGAPORE

September 15, 2017 in Announcements

We invite you to join us 29 Sep 2017 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm at the Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore for Disruptive Communication Discovery Day.

Hosted by our partners in Singapore, Jason Marine, we’ll be providing a sneak peek into the future of Maritime Communications and will show off the capabilities KNL Networks can provide, along with our friends at GTMARITIME.

We invite you to attend by RSVPing on Jason Marine’s website. Free flow coffee and tea will be provided. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

KNL NETWORKS CLOSES MAJOR SERIES A ROUND OF $10M+

March 31, 2017 in Announcements

October 27, 2016 – Oulu, Finland – KNL Networks™, a pioneer in “Internet Anywhere” technology that can even be used anywhere in the world, today announced it has closed a combined total of $10M+ in a major Series A round of funding. Representing one of the largest Nordic Series A rounds, KNL has been in stealth mode for the past four years developing a new wireless communications system able to provide IP communication even to the most extreme and isolated locations on Earth.

KNL’s patented communication system relies on shortwave radio transmissions, allowing data to be transmitted over thousands of kilometers. By combining the very latest cognitive software radio technologies with a completely reinvented HF-radio system, KNL is uniquely capable of providing IP-based communications over traditional radio waves.

KNL Networks is the only alternative to satellite communications and is currently in-use on ocean fleets traversing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Compared to satellite communication, the advantage of KNL is that it has no expensive satellites to maintain or operate. The technology offers broader network coverage enabled by long-range high frequency channels operating at a fraction of the cost of satellite networks. KNL provides extremely secure and reliable communication that is globally available, easier to use than satellite and always-on.

By enabling Internet Anywhere, a wide range of use-cases for the technology includes live streaming of sensor data, enabling mission-critical online systems, autonomous vessels, IoT connectivity and more. KNL Networks communication solutions are ideal for situations where failure is simply not acceptable: whether a natural disaster, a peacekeeping mission or business-critical communication, KNL enables always-on IP connectivity when it is most needed.

The lead investor in the Series A was Creandum, with co-investors Inventure and Butterfly Ventures (both participants in the 2014 2M euro seed round lead).

Leading Angel investors who also participated include Juha Hulkko, Founder and major owner of Bittium (formerly Elektrobit); the Tamares Group led by Poju Zabludowicz  and John Lindfors, Partner of DST Global.

“KNL has been extremely fortunate to have attracted continued interest from our Seed-level investors as well as visionary VCs and angels who have seen the tremendous capabilities offered by our technology. Like Facebook and Google, we see “Internet Anywhere” as a means to an end, and we believe our technology is ideally suited to making that happen in a wide range of industries, applications and geographies worldwide,” said Toni Linden, CEO of KNL.

KNL Networks is based in Oulu, Finland, one of the world’s great innovation centers for next-generation telecommunications research and design. Additional offices are located in Helsinki, the UK and Norway.

For further U.S. information, please contact Jonathan Hirshon for KNL at jh@horizonpr.com or Toni Linden, CEO for KNL at toni.linden@knlnetworks.com

KNL Networks winner of the ICT meets MARITIME Competition

April 12, 2016 in Announcements

KNL Networks founder and CEO Toni Lindén gave a winning pitch at the ICT meets MARITIME event at the Heureka Science Center on April 4th 2016. During the afternoon 19 companies had made their pitch and met potential clients. The Jury emphasised that many of the companies had exceptionally good offerings and addressed the issues of ICT and maritime business well.

The event was organized by SeaFocus and the MerIT project.

SeaFocus® is a business platform focusing on bringing the most actual issues of global maritime business under discussion together with the leading experts and maritime decision makers.

KNL Networks – Developing Partner 2016

MERIT -Project – Intelligent Marine Industry

The MERIT Project is a substantial move by the City of Helsinki and an effort to support both nationwide and local marine business activities. Companies currently participating in the Merit projects steering group are Aker Arctic, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Containerships, Helsinki Harbour, Eniram, ESL-Shipping, Finnpilot Pilotage, Ixonos and NAPA.

More about the Merit Project