We have heard it before and we will probably hear it again in the future: The maritime industry lacks innovation. Same old, same old - but the fact is that we do see innovative solutions in many areas of the industry - one of which is within communication.
Today, information exchange between ships and shore is unstable, costly and marked by old technology and to some extend non-standardised legacy solutions. This increases the risk of accidents, inefficiency, cyber security breaches and administrative burdens. The need for operational solutions in the maritime domain is significant.
And the solution might just be here. The EffecienSea2 project presents new ways to communicate in the maritime world and new frameworks allow us to aim for even safer and more efficient shipping. The overall aim of the EfficienSea2 project is to create and implement innovative and smart solutions for efficient, safe and sustainable traffic at sea through improved connectivity for ships. Getting the maritime domain connected.
The project works with 4 solutions:
To reduce the risk of accidents, increase the efficiency of the transport chain and reduce the administrative burdens and environmental impact, EfficienSea2 provides a new generation of standardised end-user services based on contemporary technology. We identify, develop, mature, test and where possible standardise and implement more than 15 end-user services for smart navigation and administration. Some services are reinventions of decades-old tools, while others are groundbreaking services that are new to the market.
To make services available to the end user in an easy and smart manner, EfficienSea2 develops intuitive web-based platforms focusing on the Arctic and Baltic areas, namely ArcticWeb and BalticWeb. As the platforms are independent from onboard equipment, all you need to get access to the services available is a computer and an internet connection. For the long-term roll-out, services will also be prototyped and tested in commercial onboard and shore equipment.
EfficienSea2 creates and implements the world’s first true open-source communication framework that enables efficient, secure and reliable information exchange in and around the maritime sector. The Maritime Cloud connects all maritime stakeholders and users with maritime information services and applications of all kinds across available communication systems. The Maritime Cloud has potential to break ground by enabling the maritime internet of things. It is a prerequisite for taking e-Navigation from testbeds to real-life implementation.
To solve the challenge of weak connectivity and high-cost communication on ships, EfficienSea2 develops concepts for cost-effective and seamless roaming between communication channels, effective and secure onboard networks, as well as the new communication channel called VDES, which is short for VHF Data Exchange System.