SkyMate's mazu has been garnering attention and winning boat-show new-product awards with its new mSeries system (about $1,000 for hardware, plus monthly airtime fees that can be affordably "winterized"). The system allows cruisers to send and receive (relatively) small packets of information, such as email, weather (GRIB files and, when available, NOAA weather alerts and Nexrad graphic weather) and SMS communications, globally. Mazu's mSeries system uses a proprietary compression algorithm to make these data packets as small as possible (read: cost effective) while still enabling sailors to send and receive mission-critical information. While mazu doesn't provide internet access in the same sense of a high-speed land-based internet connection (you won't be streaming Game of Thrones offshore), it allows cruisers to access specific pieces of information for significantly lower fees than VSAT or FleetBroadband satellite-communications systems. Rather than using a bulky gyrostabilized dome, mazu is a simple black-box system that connects to SkyMate's servers via an Iridium satellite connection, which affords a global coverage footprint.