The Seagull 5000 / 5000i user equipment is a Thuraya Satellite based communicator specially designed for reliable communications and tracking services on sea-going vessels. The easy-to-install device allows users to make telephone calls to a Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) phone or mobile phone through Thuraya satellite network and its roaming service arrangements with over 230 telecommunication operators worldwide. Besides supporting SMS service through its very user-friendly color LCD handset, it provides full-duplex IP-based data communication capabilities and is coupled with an onboard GPS receiver.
The Seagull 5000 / 5000i Below Deck Unit will be connected to a notebook using the RJ45 port on the side of the unit. Thuraya Seagull 5000 / 5000i will act as a data communicator to send data that was collected by Automated Identification System (AIS) through internet connections. With this system, the user should not use the internet access to browse websites as it will incur high costs from the account.
The handset that comes with the system can be used as a voice communication for call in/out for any important issues. The system should be running all the time with GmPrs and Voice mode in order to give full internet access for the collected data to be sent to Meridian's server.