Elcome International and Broadcast Solutions have completed a live proof-of-concept demonstration of a maritime mesh communications network for coastal operations
Utilising a land-based station and several vessels, communications were provided using advanced applications including live messaging and video conferencing.
This mesh network uses software-defined tactical radios with multiplexing modulation technology, specialised antennas and IP collaboration tools to communicate across interconnected cells. The multi-node network can provide secure low-latency broadband connectivity with offshore vessels roaming across a wide operating area offshore and provide communications between marine service vessels around harbours and coastlines.
Communication modes for the network include voice over IP, multi-stream video, push-to-talk radio, messaging, file transfer and other IP-based applications. A video management system optimises interface feeds from the vessels’ electronics, such as radar, sonar, ECDIS, infrared sensors and surveillance cameras. These can be used for real-time monitoring at a shore-based centre, while a playback mode can be used for after-action event analysis.
Broadcast Solutions Middle East partner Nicolas Hans said there were several maritime communications applications including in-harbour operations, offshore oil, gas, renewables and defence.
“During this demonstration, our IP network achieved consistent 30 Mbps bandwidth links across a 20 nautical mile area,” Mr Hans said. “Beyond point-to-point connectivity, the maritime mesh network enables multipoint-to-multipoint communications at scale.
Elcome International executive director Jimmy Grewal said the next step is a full deployment of a maritime mesh network. “This proof-of-concept trial provided a convincing demonstration of the potential benefits the meshed mobile IP network can bring to broadband services for vessels and offshore platforms,” said Mr Grewal.
Dubai-headquartered Elcome has 23 offices in 11 countries extending from Europe to southeast Asia. It is an authorised sales and service representative for manufacturers across defence, energy, marine and yachting sectors.
Germany-headquartered Broadcast Solutions specialises in mobile, fixed and hybrid installations.
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