About the seminar

UKHO joined OneWeb to explore how many of the exciting technological transformations in digital navigation are underpinned by connectivity.

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Event details

The seminar was be presented by Thomas Mellor, Head of Technical Partnerships at UKHO, and Carole Plessy, Vice President of Maritime and Energy at OneWeb.

During a fireside chat, they discussed how terrestrial-grade connectivity from low earth orbit (LEO) satellites can enhance seafarer connectivity, enable automatic navigational updates and inform decision making in real time. As shipping navigates this era of transformation, connectivity will enable shipowners to enhance safety and reduce operational risks, as well as protect the world’s oceans.



Find out more about more about the UKHO experts leading this seminar.

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Thomas Mellor

Job description
Head of Technical Partnerships

As Head of Technical Partnerships, Tom leads the UKHO’s collaboration with technical partners including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to enable the development of e-navigation products and S-100 solutions for Electronic Chart and Information Display Systems (ECDIS). Tom works at the forefront of the latest ‘next generation’ navigation technologies to support the implementation of new standards that can help improve safety, efficiency and optimisation.

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Carole Plessy

Job description
Vice President – Maritime and Energy, OneWeb

Carole Plessy is Vice President of Maritime and Energy at OneWeb, the global communications company that is revolutionising satellite networks to bring enterprise-grade connectivity to the most remote locations on land and at sea. OneWeb's mission is to enable internet access everywhere for everyone. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites. It’s high-speed, low latency, network will offer game-changing mobility solutions to industries that are currently being held back by the lack of full global connectivity, such as Aviation, Maritime, Automotive, Enterprise and more.

Carole joined OneWeb in 2018 with a background in satellite telecommunications and more than 20 years of business leadership and experience working across R&D and complex project management and product integration.  Carole has extensive knowledge of the Maritime sector based on her previous role at Inmarsat, where she was Senior Director of Digital Products and, prior to that, Director of Maritime Product Development, responsible for new product delivery from concept to launch. At OneWeb, Carole leads the Maritime and Energy business unit to bring high-speed connectivity to the seas. Carole has an MSc in Aeronautics and Telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale de L’Aviation Civile, and a doctoral program degree from the University Paul Sabatier.