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Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg Trading products tested at Sea

Trading at Sea

With the help and support of Livewire Connections and MY Slipstream, Brighton based Beacon ETS stress tested Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg Trading products at Sea for the first time.

Chris Smith, Founder and Senior Technical Consultant  at Beacon ETS (an I.T solutions provider focusing on the investment banking sector), Explains:-

"Over the weekend of April 13th 2013, Beacon ETS successfully tested Thomson Reuters Eikon and the Bloomberg Professional service at sea, utilising an existing ship based Ku-Band Satellite Broadband connection while deep at sea, between Gibraltar and Palma, Majorca."

Using Slipstream's standard 512 kbps satellite internet connection and some simple QoS implemented by Livewire Connections, Beacon ETS was able to confirm that Thomson Reuters Eikon and Bloomberg Anywhere, a service that allows Bloomberg Professional service subscribers to log into the platform via any internet connect PC, smartphone or tablet device, performed extremely well. The tests were re-run numerous times during the journey, including  Asian, European and U.S Market Open, over the variable latency link and various weather conditions.

The crew continued their normal duties and used the shared broadband link without being affected by the Market Data testing.

The Sea Tel VSAT system, fitted to the yacht and the vendors latest products, proved to work efficiently and provided very light Bandwidth usage figures (max 200kb/s), with no loss of connectivity or features, during the  testing period.

Some additional tests where also performed during the time onboard Slipstream and in some pretty rough sea conditions, using apple Macbook Air with Oracle VirtualBox, (desktop virtualisation ) making the results even more impressive! "

Now, after the test's successful completion and with deep benchmarks planned, a new opportunity is available for other trading technology solutions and vendors to 'get onboard!'

The future looks interesting, as other existing trading technology solutions and vendors can adapt their products to utilise Fixed Land Site, or Satellite Broadband + Private Leased Line solutions in the Mega yacht sector.

Large privately owned motor yachts and charter guests can now request access to full Professional Trading production versions,  for retrieval of real time Market Data and manipulate positions in realtime, whilst at sea.

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