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The Insurance Benefits of Siren Marine

The Insurance Benefits of Siren Marine

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is, “Can I get an insurance discount with your system?” The short answer is that it varies, but in most cases Siren Marine customers are eligible for discounts of up to 10%. We are actively in contact with insurance companies in an effort to expand the number of providers that offer discounts for remote monitoring systems.

Each year, thousands of insurance claims are made for items stolen from boats and for boats that have sunk or been damaged, that could have been easily avoided with the installation of a boat monitoring system. The Q&A below provides answers to questions that insurance companies most frequently ask about boat monitoring systems.

Why should boats have a monitor or security device?

  1. Monitor critical systems: A basic boat monitor will keep watch on a boat’s critical 
systems, 24/7: Bilge, Battery, Position and Security.
  2. Low or dead battery alert: A dead battery is at the heart of a significant number of major insurance claims. A dead battery will not allow a boat to be started, or the bilge pump and other vital systems to be operated in the event of an emergency.
  3. Prevent boats from damage and sinking: A bilge alarm alerts the owner that a boat is leaking. A flooding bilge causes major structural damage, frequently resulting in a total loss.
  4. Position Alert: Knowledge of a boat’s position alerts an owner to a dragging anchor – potential for all manner of damage or total loss. Knowledge of a stolen boat allows for rapid intervention and recovery. Knowledge of a charter boat in a “no-go zone” allows the charter company to mitigate claims due to charter agreement breach.
  5. Security: With expensive electronics now common on the average 25’ boat, and with boat-related theft on the rise, security is becoming a primary concern. A quality boat monitoring system will alert the owner and the authorities to a potential theft, or trigger alarm systems to prevent theft in the first place.
  6. It will become the standard: Just as electronic door locks and basic security systems are now standard on new cars, the dawn of boat monitoring is here, and it is here to stay. A boat monitoring system provides boat owners with peace of mind, maximizing the value of time on the water.

What size boat should have a monitor?

  1. With reliable monitors now available for around $500, any boat with an outboard motor and permanent battery will benefit from a monitor, at an affordable price tag. Small boats are as susceptible to theft, sinking and dead batteries as larger boats, if not more so. No one wants to arrive at their boat for a fun day on the water with friends to find a dead battery or flooded boat. Or worse, no boat at all…
  2. Many mid-sized boats are left unattended on moorings or docks for weeks at a time. According to the USCG, 80% of all sinkings happen where the boat is permanently moored or docked. Any boat of any size left untended should have a monitor.
  3. As boats increase in size and complexity, the value of having a monitor goes up exponentially. Larger boats are plugged into shore power and are frequently left for days or weeks at a time with systems running. A boat monitor will alert the owner and marina operator about a loss of power, avoiding a refrigerator full of spoiled food or a bait locker with 100 pounds of rotten fish.

What type of carrier: Satellite, Wi-Fi or Cellular?

Understanding the mission of a monitoring device is critical to determining the best method of communication to use. To provide maximum benefit to the consumer and the insurance underwriter alike, the system needs to be reliable, affordable, operate around the clock, and work internationally. Options include Satellite, Wi-Fi and Cellular.

  1. Satellite – Commonly misunderstood as the communication standard of choice, the benefit of satellite is that it works in remote regions and far offshore where other systems do not reach. Unfortunately, that is the sole benefit. Satellite uses significantly higher battery consumption, has much higher communications costs, lacks basic monitoring functionality, and is only optimal for far-reach applications.
  2. Wi-Fi – The connectivity of Wi-Fi is simply not stable enough for a security device. Also, if a boat is stolen, as soon as it leaves the Wi-Fi range, all monitoring and tracking ceases. Logging into a router presents hardware challenges, with router lockup being a constant issue. If the router goes down, is unplugged by mistake, or if a shore power breaker trips, all goes dark. Wi-Fi is simply not an option.
  3. Cellular – The only true option:
    1. GSM cellular connectivity is a true global standard.
    2. GSM cellular devices roam seamlessly, with excellent coastal coverage in nearly every populated port and coastline on the planet.
    3. Cellular technology is extremely stable.
    4. Cellular modules are affordable and draw very little power. If a boat with a GSM based system is stolen, the theft event will be captured and communicated, tracking the vessel up to 30 miles offshore. International jurisdiction limits offshore recovery. When the boat resurfaces in a foreign port, GSM cellular connectivity resumes and the vessel can be located and recovered. GSM is the ultimate solution.

How can boat monitoring systems mitigate insurance payouts?

  1. A small hidden or integrated monitor system will alert owners to theft, potentially damaging or catastrophic events, and aid in the rapid recovery of stolen property.
  2. Modern marine monitors draw very little amperage, allowing them to be installed on smaller vessels (25-40’). These small open boats are generally the most at risk and represent the largest category of boats by a significant factor. They generally receive the most use, are large investments relative to the net worth of their owners, and are a source of continual claims for insurance underwriters. A decrease in small boat incidents, sinkings and theft is a direct increase in profitability for insurance underwriters.
  3. Small cellular-based monitor devices can be installed in difficult-to-access “secure” sections of the boat, making them difficult to locate and destroy or take offline.

Conclusions

  1. Remote Boat Monitor | Track | Control | Security devices are here to stay.
  2. Any marine asset left untended merits a monitor.
  3. The cost of a boat monitor is now within reach of the average boater.
  4. GSM cellular connectivity is the only valid communication technology.
  5. As these boat monitors proliferate, insurance underwriters will enjoy fewer claims and increased profits.

It is our mission to create a world in which all boats are equipped with a remote monitoring device. We envision a marine environment in which costs are mitigated for both customers and insurance providers alike. For more information on how Siren Marine systems can help reduce insurance claims and damage to property, please contact info@sirenmarine.com or visit our website at www.sirenmarine.com.

Siren Marine Launches Next Wave of Connected Boat™ Technology With Affordable, Easy-to-Install MTC™ System

New Technology Brings Peace of Mind to all Types of Boaters, Benefits Fleet Operators and Boat Builders

Siren Marine LLC, a pioneer in Connected BoatTM technology, has announced a late-May 2017 release date for its breakthrough MTCTM boat monitoring and tracking system, and companion iOS and Android apps.

More than two years in development, Siren Marine’s MTCTM technology enhances the overall boating experience by eliminating worry. This next generation 3G cellular system gives boaters the power to know — wherever they are — that their boat is safe, secure and ready to enjoy. Because it is affordable, easy to install and comes with a choice of cost-effective subscription options, the MTC is a practical solution for boats ranging from center consoles and bass boats to cruising sailboats and trawlers.

“As long-time boaters, we understand how valuable time on the water is,” said Siren Marine CEO and Founder Daniel Harper. “Our technology connects people with their boats in ways we’ve now become accustomed to with our homes and cars — empowering them to predict and prevent problems, rather than just react to them. With the MTC, boaters have the peace of mind that when they arrive at their boat with family and friends, they won’t find dead batteries, a flooded bilge, or worse,” added Harper.

A sophisticated base unit engineered and constructed for marine use is at the heart of Siren Marine’s MTC system. Paired with a variety of wireless and wired sensors, the MTC lets boaters “check in” on their vessel from their home, office or on the road. GPS tracking makes it easy for owners to see where the boat is, for added security and peace of mind when family members and friends are using it. Even when they’re not thinking about their boat, the MTC will automatically alert owners via the Siren Marine app to a variety of critical conditions, such as unauthorized entry/motion, battery voltage, bilge status, temperature and vessel location. No longer will boaters have to stress over such everyday situations as dragging anchors, leaky through-hull fittings or pesky marina neighbors “borrowing” their shore power cable.

 

In addition to the confidence and security that come with remote vessel monitoring and tracking, the MTC gives boaters unparalleled ability to control key onboard systems. The ability to remotely trigger an alarm or control cabin and cockpit lights, air conditioning, battery switches and more from a smartphone or computer not only enhances security, but also reduces prep time and helps get boaters out on the water and having fun faster.

This ability to monitor, track and control vessels remotely bring a range of important benefits to boat builders and fleet managers, as well. Siren Marine’s MTC will help charter companies, boat rental clubs and commercial fleets stay on top of where vessels are located, how they are being used, and how key systems are functioning — improving safety while minimizing down time and maintenance.

Affordability, ease of installation and intuitive operation were key design goals for the MTC — making the technology accessible to a wide spectrum of boaters. A choice of wired or wireless sensors lets boaters configure the optimal system for their vessel, needs and budget — as well as their personal DIY capabilities. MSRP for the MTC is $599, and the MTC-Plus, which will be available later this year, includes the base unit and four wireless sensors for just $799. With affordable yearly, monthly and seasonal (April-October) wireless subscription plans, boaters can find the most cost-effective option for their boating lifestyle.

To ensure the best possible coverage for boaters, Siren Marine has partnered with global cellular provider Vodafone. With reliable 3G service from a world communications leader, cruisers using the MTC will benefit from seamless international roaming as they travel from country to country. Wherever the destination or port along the voyage, the peace of mind that comes with the MTC will be along for the journey.

Siren Marine plans to expand its offerings later in the year with the addition of two new products. The MTC-Pro will offer even greater functionality and capabilities, while the MT will provide a scaled-down version of this technology, ideal for yacht tenders and other small boats.

For more information on the innovative Siren Marine MTC system and the Siren Marine App, visit sirenmarine.com, or contact the company’s Newport, Rhode Island headquarters at 401.619.4774.

About Siren Marine and Connected Boat Technology

Siren Marine is an innovation leader connecting boaters with their vessels via a central hub and mobile/web apps, empowering them to predict and prevent potential disasters. Siren Marine’s proprietary technology monitors the status of a variety of conditions aboard a vessel and sends the owner alerts when critical conditions occur. By warning boaters of issues such as bilge water level, low battery voltage, shore power disconnection, dragging anchor, temperature variations and unauthorized boarding or vessel operation, Siren Marine provides boaters with enhanced situational awareness and something even more important —peace of mind. This technology can also be used to control important onboard systems such as lights and air conditioning remotely, making a boat ready to use and enjoy when its owner arrives. For more information on Siren Marine, contact www.sirenmarine.com.

Media Contact: Ron Ballanti
Strike Zone Communications

818.349.4608 ron@strike-zone.net

An Epiphany

On a recent trip to New York I had an epiphany. As I walked down the aisle of the Amtrak Regional 163, I noticed that every single person on the train – young or old, professional or student, seemingly rich or poor – was watching, working on, listening to, or otherwise engaged with a smartphone, computer, or tablet. The vast majority of them had at least two devices visible.

Pictured: literally every single person in the world.

We have reached a point where the connected device has become ubiquitous in the developed world. There are now more mobile phones in existence than there are people on planet Earth. Quite literally, every person in the first world has a mobile phone, tablet, or computer, if not all three. The developing world is not far behind, and a global network that is universally accessible is no longer out of reach.

With the growing adoption of connected technology in all aspects of our lives, it is not unreasonable to think that in the near future, every boat with a battery and an engine will be connected to the internet via a telematics device. Every single one of them. Given the nature of boats, and the harsh environment in which they live, at a minimum, every boat owner will want to know that the boat is where it should be, the battery is okay, and that it is not taking on water.

Looking ahead, boat monitoring will no longer be reserved for luxury boats. With affordable and easy-to-install products from Siren Marine, any size boat will benefit from a boat monitoring and tracking system. Even a typical “working man’s” boat is not an inexpensive asset, and in many cases represents a larger percentage of the owner’s net worth than high-end boats.

As connecting devices to the global network becomes status quo, Siren will constantly strive to provide intuitive, affordable Connected Boat solutions; with options becoming ever more reliable, inexpensive, and easy to install. Connected technology has become accessible to everyone, and quality monitoring products will be available to all boaters.

The dream of building a company that develops and sells an “insanely great” Connected Boat product has morphed into becoming an insanely great company with the vision to see a world in which all boats with a battery and an engine are connected.

I call it “The Connected Boat Revolution”.

See you on the water!

Dan

Siren Marine Unveils New Products and Announces $3MM Series A Funding Round at NYYC Event

On March 22, 2017, Siren Marine officially unveiled its next-generation boat monitoring and tracking system – the MTC – at a special “Launch Party” at the New York Yacht Club in Newport.

At the same event, Siren Marine announced a $3 million Series A Funding Round, which will raise money to support the company’s long-term growth plans.

Along with the senior development team and global telecommunications partner, Vodafone, Siren Marine’s Executive Team unveiled and demonstrated its new MTC boat monitoring device to a group of long-time customers, suppliers and investors.

“The ‘Launch Party’ allowed us to showcase and celebrate the tremendous effort the entire Siren Marine Team has made to bring the latest ‘Connected Boat’ technology to market,” commented Dan Harper, Siren Marine CEO and Founder. “We were excited to share this momentous occasion with our loyal supporters and investors. Bringing a new technology and product to market is a herculean effort, and I would like to thank the entire Siren Marine team for its hard work, commitment and support.”

“The future looks bright for Siren Marine. We have the right people, technology, and distribution partners in place to take the company to the next level. With over 36 million boats worldwide, the potential market opportunity is enormous. Now that we’re on track to launch our new products, the Series A Round will give us the necessary funding to fuel our growth and further strengthen our leadership position. All of our existing investors are Siren Marine customers, which is the best testimonial you can ask for,” said Harper.

If you’re interested in learning more about Siren Marine’s MTC and would like to become part of the “Connected Boat” revolution, please contact Dan Harper at daniel@sirenmarine.com or Jonathan Banks at jbanks@sirenmarine.com.

Sitting Down With Siren’s #1 Fan

Sitting Down With Siren’s #1 Fan

To hear Ethan Dow’s description of his fascination with the inner workings of boats is an experience in and of itself. Ethan is, in his own words, completely addicted to marine electronics.

“I always was an early adopter of anything that had wires or plugs in it. I don’t care what it is – that became my passion.”

With an impressive sailing career already under his belt, Ethan set his sights on a new challenge. Ethan had employed early generation plotting software while sailing, but it was his introduction to power boating, and subsequently fishing, that opened Ethan’s eyes to a whole new world of electronics. He has never looked back.

Ethan takes his electronics seriously.

“The first thing I got was a Tuna – and that was it for me, the bug was planted. So along with the transition from sailing to
fishing comes a whole new aspect of marine electronics. Now I want to know what’s under me, what’s going on around me. So now I need the best sounder on earth. And then I needed more, more MFD’s [Multi-Function Displays]. And then NMEA 2000 came along and suddenly all the electronics were speaking the same language.”

You can hear the wonderment in his voice, and see it in his eyes. This is a man who lives and breathes electronics, who understands how they work at their very core – and Siren is at the top of his list.

“I searched and searched, and I think it was Ben [Ellison] who introduced me, through Panbo, to Siren Marine. The minute that came out I had to have it. I had to protect my investment. Once I got that…it gave me the same serenity that I received when I first got GPS – the same serenity that I need knowing that my boat is protected. I know where it is, what it’s doing, how it’s feeling, if anybody is stepping aboard.”

There is no doubt in Ethan’s mind of the quality of Siren’s product, and he makes it known to everyone that will listen.

“When somebody makes a nice product, I tell them about that on the web. Everybody is always asking, so I’m always going to pump up a good product. It really is something.”

“What sets Siren apart? As we know, other systems are exorbitantly expensive. Less value, fewer inputs, they’re just…antiquated. Siren nailed it the first time, and I knew you had something good. So I told my friends and they told their friends, and onward it goes. I’m just absolutely thrilled about your new module. The other companies don’t deserve to be there. They didn’t stick their necks out, put their back into it, their investment into it…their hearts into it. No one had the thought, the technology, the foresight that Siren has. There is nothing better out there. There really isn’t. And it will be really hard to beat.”

High praise from a true connoisseur, and Ethan claims to have good reason for his commitment to Siren.

“It saved my life.”

Ethan’s boat, “Fissues”

“I was out at 3 am, headed towards the fishing grounds, and it was blowing hard. Had to have been 10 foot seas, and my boat handles it fine, does wonderfully. I heard this…this racket on the radio, and realized ‘Jesus, it’s a mayday.’ So I get his position, and the Coast Guard was closer, but I think, ‘Wow, this guy is in trouble!’ I can hear him on the radio, and I’m thinking, ‘Geez, what’s all the racket about? And then I hear his alarm going off!'”

“But then I realized that he had keyed off his radio already. I looked down, and it was my phone. My phone telling me the bilge was going off. It wasn’t his alarm, it was mine. So I go down below, and the seawater hose– it’s a two-and-a-half inch hose– was firehosing and filling the boat. And the only reason I was saved was because of Siren Marine. It saved my life, right then and there.”

“So then I put in a high water alarm,” Ethan says with a smile.

Ethan has retired from competitive sailing, and from electronics installation. He works as a residential contractor on the North Shore of Boston, working his magic on old colonial homes up and down the coast. But he lives to be on the water, and Siren Marine keeps him afloat.

If you’re ever lucky enough to run into him at Finz in Salem, maybe you can hear one of his stories for yourself.

The Power of Knowing – Part I

Is your boat secure? Is your anchor dragging? Is there water in the bilge? Has someone boarded your boat without your knowledge? These are just some questions at the back of every boater’s mind. But perhaps the most important question– the one that brings all others under its umbrella– is: are you sure your boat is okay? With a Siren Marine Connected Boat™ device, you can be. This series will explore the Power of Knowing, and the confidence, peace of mind, and overall better boating experience that Siren Marine provides. First up, one of the most common problems all boaters face: anchor drag.

A dragging anchor is something that most boaters have experienced at some point in time. The results can range from mild inconvenience to multi-boat damage, expense, and insurance claims. A dragging anchor is sometimes unavoidable and evidence of the event is often impossible to provide. The power of knowing changes that, allowing users to avoid damage and plot a picture of how events unfold. Last summer, I experienced this first hand.

During a rare break from manning my desk at Siren, I was able to sneak away to Nantucket on my Swan 42, CORBAN for a few days. Anyone who is familiar with the island knows that the harbor is jam packed throughout the summer, and dockage is near impossible to come by. This left me in the unenviable position of leaving CORBAN anchored in the channel, where the current is known to rip at 3-4 knots at max ebb and flood. My Siren Marine Sprite was reporting my position every hour, and I was confident that my anchor was holding firm.

After a couple days at anchor, I received a call from the Harbormaster that CORBAN had become entangled with another vessel. In a classic case seen in many anchorages, the circumstances of how the two boats came together were murky. Both the Harbormaster and the other boat were under the impression that my anchor might have dragged, but I was able to
provide concret evidence that my boat had, in fact, not moved and had been in the same place for a number of days. Fortunately there was no damage, but had any occurred, I could have easily cleared myself of any fault and avoided a potential costly insurance claim.

The moral of the story is that Siren Marine provides you with real security. Anyone who cruises knows the endless uncertainty of leaving your boat on an anchor. Siren erases speculation and replaces it with certainty. There are countless other examples– I spent a night aboard CORBAN during Tropical Storm Hermine, and settled in with gale-force winds battering the hull. I slept soundly through the night – knowing that my phone would alert me to any changes in my position – and awoke to find CORBAN lying exactly where she should be. Now that is what I call peace of mind.

Trade Only Today: Siren Marine Hires California PR Firm

This story appeared on tradeonlytoday.com on March 16th, 2017.

Newport, R.I.-based Siren Marine hired California-based Strike Zone Communications to spearhead its public relations and marketing communications efforts.

This new marketing partnership comes at a time when Siren Marine, a technology company that has helped spearhead the “connected boat” concept, is preparing to unveil new products.

Siren Marine’s next-generation Monitor-Track-Control products will be launched this spring.

A network of wired and wireless sensors installed on the boat connect to the MTC Core, which sends alerts and messages to boat owners via the global cellular network.

Siren Marine’s MTC products help boaters predict and prevent problems, deter theft or unauthorized use, monitor onboard functions and remotely control key vessel systems from their homes, offices or while in transit.

“Siren Marine is on the threshold of delivering game-changing technology with the potential to benefit boatbuilders, fleet operators and a broad spectrum of boating enthusiasts worldwide,” Strike Zone Communications president Ron Ballanti said in a statement.

“We are excited to be helping Siren Marine communicate with boating journalists, the industry and end users alike to effectively explain not just the technology behind these breakthroughs, but also how it will enhance boating enjoyment by eliminating worry.”

“This is an exciting and pivotal time for our company, and communications will play an integral part in our success,” Siren Marine founder and CEO Daniel Harper said. “We are ready to hit the ground running over the coming months and are pleased to have a partner with a shared passion for the boating lifestyle and the potential of the connected boat.”

2017 – The Year of the Connected Boat

Looking back, I can’t believe that it was more than 5 years ago that we received the first commercial-ready shipment of 500 Pixies and Sprites. That was a very special day. We stacked the boxes to the ceiling in our small office and opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate. After years of planning and testing, it was finally happening, and we were going for it. Siren Marine quickly became the de facto standard for boat monitors and the Pixie and Sprite picked up numerous industry accolades.

Fast forward five years, and we are on the cusp of the next major breakthrough in boat monitoring, tracking and security systems. As we near the completion of our brand new next-generation device and platform, which will support wireless sensors and NMEA 2000 connectivity, plus many new enhancements; there is the anticipation and excitement of something completely new, the result of a massive amount of time, effort, engineering, investment, design and planning.

In addition to our new products and technology, the company has been preparing for a season of aggressive growth. We have added additional members to our team, our wonderful Third Street office space in Newport, RI continues to expand. We have just come off of one of our most successful boat show seasons to date, including our premier appearance at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, and the recently completed Miami International Boat Show.

Siren Marine has signed a direct agreement with one of the world’s largest cellular providers – Vodafone. This privilege is generally reserved exclusively for companies much larger than Siren. Our connectivity and services will be better and stronger than ever. We were recently awarded an Innovation Grant from the State of Rhode Island for continued development in collaboration with the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), and we closed a $1.5M Seed-Round capital raise that helped to fund recent product development and expansion. You may have noticed our new look and branding, which we feel better reflects our innovative technology. Although we are a little nostalgic to bid farewell to our beloved mermaid, we are thrilled to usher in our exciting brand update.

It has been an incredible journey, and our very best days are just ahead, as is our very best technology and products. The dedication, support and confidence of our fantastic customer base, investors and incredible Siren Marine Team have made it all possible. Our achievements wouldn’t have happened without you all, and I’d like to express my deepest gratitude. 2017 will be the Year of the Connected Boat, the Year of Siren. Thank you.

Dan Harper

Founder & CEO

Providence Business News: R.I. companies receive Innovation Voucher grants

Providence Business News: R.I. companies receive Innovation Voucher grants

(Story by Mary MacDonald, PBN Staff Writer)

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island companies have received Innovation Voucher grants from R.I. Commerce Corp., allowing them to partner with research and development centers at universities, medical centers or research facilities.

The companies, which have fewer than 500 employees, were among 31 applicants for the latest round of Innovation Voucher funds. The incentive is designed to allow small companies, which do not have their own research and development capacity, to pair with universities, medical or research centers. Awarded on Monday, the grants in total are worth $246,302.

The recipients are:

  • FS Maritime LLC will use the University of Rhode Island’s expertise in environmental hydrology and civil engineering to complete validation testing of a prototype of its Precise Energy Separation water treatment device. The device generates light waves that destroy a range of pollutants in water, according to a Commerce RI announcement. The company will receive a $50,000 grant.
  • Phoenix Medical Technologies LLC will work with a renowned brain stimulation expert at Bradley Hospital to collect clinical data and other information for the development and commercialization of its medical device. The device uses sensory stimuli to non-invasively treat ADHD symptoms, as well as those of other conditions, according to the news release. The business has received a $50,000 grant.
  • Prisere LLC will work with the Architecture Department at Rhode Island School of Design to quantify and refine the outcomes of high-performance building technology for climate-resilient design. The information will be used to inform insurance underwriting and pricing models that will benefit small businesses and other companies that take steps to incorporate climate resilience in construction, according to Commerce RI. The company will receive a $50,000 voucher.
  • Siren Marine LLC will work with the New England Institute of Technology to develop a wireless transceiver and sensors for the Siren Marine Internet of Things cellular gateway. This technology is designed to improve the company’s existing technology and expand its system for use beyond the marine industry. The company will receive a $50,000 grant.
  • Xmark Labs LLC will work with the Gait Lab at the Providence Veterans Administration medical center to develop a low-cost, low-latency tracking technology for virtual reality and augmented reality applications. The funds will allow the company to access equipment and expertise in locational tracking and analysis. The company will receive a $46,302 grant.

The 2G Shutoff and What it Means to You

2G cellular service is on its way out the door. Effective December 31st, AT&T shut down its 2G network, rendering all devices using its 2G SIM essentially useless. T-Mobile has committed to supporting its 2G network through 2020, but the landscape of cellular connectivity is changing rapidly. What does this mean for Siren Marine and its users?

In the short term, the good news is that the Siren Marine Pixie and Sprite both use T-Mobile’s 2G network and can expect continued cellular connection for the foreseeable future. Customers should be aware that occasional service disruptions and blackouts may occur, and there may be coverage issues in certain areas. For some of our earlier customers that purchased their own SIM card, we recommend contacting Siren Marine customer service at (401) 619-4774 or at support@sirenmarine.com to discuss options available to you.

Siren Marine has been anticipating the impending 2G shutdown and has been hard at work developing our next-generation Connected-Boat products, which will be launched in April. The new MTC Series runs on existing 3G cellular networks, and will be upgraded to 4G once the hardware and technology is available. For the best coverage and uninterrupted service, Siren recommends that existing customers upgrade to our new 3G hardware as soon as it’s available. To make the transition as smooth and painless as possible, we will be offering attractive incentives to upgrade (more details to follow shortly).

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