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Maritime communications

Maritime communications

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Our daily lives now include the expectation of `connectiveness' - the use of digital communications to support our work environment, provide personal connection with friends and family, and support our entertainment through games, on-demand online television, streaming video, and more. Technology continues to develop at almost a breakneck speed, sometimes without us even understanding what the technology can do, or why. Where a faxed still image of a weather map was provided, there may be interactive weather maps with a need for bandwidth to support text, images, even video. This chapter will look at the developments around maritime communications in a digital age; the existing and evolving roles and responsibilities for maritime communications; what is changing in the industry, and why; an overview of existing and evolving technologies for maritime use; and a glimpse into the future.

Chapter Contents:

  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.1.1 Addressing user requirements
  • 6.1.2 Supporting safe, efficient, and pollution-free shipping
  • 6.2 Digital communications – existing and developing
  • 6.2.1 Digital data communications – some considerations
  • 6.2.1.1 Latency
  • 6.2.1.2 Bandwidth and channel capacity
  • 6.2.1.3 Life cycle costs
  • 6.3 Maritime communications in a digital age
  • 6.3.1 Introduction
  • 6.3.2 Coastal communication networks
  • 6.3.3 Mobile broadband
  • 6.3.4 The Internet of Things
  • 6.4 Roles and responsibilities in maritime communications
  • 6.4.1 Standards (regional and national/international bodies)
  • 6.4.2 Cybersecurity
  • 6.4.3 Pressure on the radiofrequency spectrum (spectrum)
  • 6.4.4 Innovation in maritime communications
  • 6.4.4.1 Constraints
  • 6.5 What is changing and why
  • 6.5.1 Radiofrequency spectrum (spectrum)
  • 6.5.1.1 GMDSS modernisation
  • 6.5.1.2 Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships
  • 6.5.2 Digitalisation
  • 6.5.3 Standardisation
  • 6.6 Overview of communication services
  • 6.6.1 Satellite technologies
  • 6.6.2 Terrestrial technologies
  • 6.6.3 Communications technologies to address requirements
  • 6.7 A glimpse into the future
  • 6.7.1 Getting from here to there
  • 6.7.2 Rethinking the approach to standards
  • 6.7.3 A model to support digital communications in the maritime industry
  • 6.7.4 Blockchain and maritime communications
  • 6.7.5 The future looks 'smart'
  • Abbreviations used and glossary of terms
  • References

Inspec keywords: marine communication; digital communication; electronic data interchange; Internet of Things

Other keywords: maritime environment; maritime IoT environment; digital data exchange; digital age; entertainment; work environment; maritime communications; personal connection; digital communications

Subjects: Acoustic and other telecommunication systems and equipment; Ubiquitous and pervasive computing; Radio links and equipment; Telecommunication applications; Computer networks and techniques; Data interchange

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