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SMSGlobal Launches Se@MeNow

February 23, 2014

Seafarer's social network, video chat and web mail solution

HONG KONG, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SMSGlobal Ltd( )., a provider of personal communications for the global maritime industry, today announced the launch of Se@MeNow( ), a maritime social networking portal where seafarers can stay in touch with their loved ones through social walls, photo sharing, video & voice chat and web mail. In addition, users can shop with world-wide delivery, play online games and follow live updates on their favorite sports events.

3,200 deep sea vessels are currently equipped with SMSGlobal's CrewCommCenter( ) system -- having 125,000 seafarers exchanging 2,250,000 messages monthly with over 1,300,000 friends and loved ones on-shore.

Se@MeNow functions as the web mail service for all of SMSGlobal's subscribers using the CrewCommCenter system. Seafarers can login with their CrewCommCenter ID and password to access Se@MeNow while they are on-shore leave, or located on internet connected vessels that do not have the CrewCommCenter system installed on-board. Families and loved ones can register their own accounts on the Se@MeNow website.

Se@MeNow has been designed as a virtual meeting place for seafarers and their loved ones where they can communicate through video chat, wall updates, photos, files and music sharing. The video chat feature is optimized for maritime broadband limitations and requires only 35 kbps bandwidth.

Se@MeNow also accommodates the shipping companies need to provide information to their crew while at sea and on-shore. Having one contact point, they can reach their crews through the CrewCommCenter system and the Se@MeNow portal with private e-mails, training materials and newsletters.

"Social networking has become one of the most important parts of our daily life. With Internet connectivity becoming more prevalent on-board merchant vessels, a clear trend in communication is access to social networking sites and online chat. These ways of keeping contact with home adds significant value to the on-board communication services," said Jan Andre' Heggem, Managing Director of SMSGlobal.

"Se@MeNow has been designed to connect seafarers at sea with their families and loved ones on shore, as well as being a connecting point with their corporate headquarters," he added.

The launch of Se@MeNow further cements CrewCommCenter as the market leading crew communications solution that merges each sector's divergent concerns into a single platform.

SMSGlobal's success has been anchored on merging these divergent concerns by both the seafarer and the ship owner.

CrewCommCenter provides the seafarer convenient, affordable, private communications with their loved ones and friends, enabling them to send and receive e-mails and SMS, read ship manager announcements and news from home, converse through low data instant messaging, and browse the internet.

While the crew enjoys all these features, CrewCommCenter also strongly addresses the ship owners concerns:

-- Limits are set for sending and receiving messages, thus usage is controlled;

-- Fixed monthly charges for each module, thus cost is predictable;

-- Access restrictions, content control, whitelisting or blacklisting, thus security is guaranteed;

-- Simple, industry standard protocols and interfaces for system management and remote configurations, thus ease of maintenance and administration is guaranteed.

Finally, CrewCommCenter is a software-based solution thus no need for costly capital outlays for additional hardware.

About SMSGlobal Ltd.

SMSGlobal was founded in 2003 when the company introduced the first universal 2-way SMS text messaging and crew E-mail service for seafarers.

SMSGlobal has established offices in Hong Kong & Philippines and works hand in hand with over 800 telecom operators world-wide integrating various state-of-the-art technologies.

CrewCommCenter and Se@MeNow is offered by some of the biggest maritime industry service providers:

Inmarsat Direct Sales, H2O, J-Sat Mobile, Horizon Mobile and SeaSecure.

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Source: PR Newswire (Hong Kong Feed)

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