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Kongsberg and KVH Installed IoT Device on a Cargo Ship to Improve Maritime Connectivity

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It will enable IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data

KVH and Kongsberg Digital were successful in setting up the first joint maritime IoT system on Knongsberg’s vessel Simrad Echo. The huge maritime vessel will continue to perform its usual duties on high seas in spite of newly installed systems such as the KVH VSAT antenna to enable IoT connectivity and Kongnifai Vessel Insight platform. The equipment installed on the vessel will provide the combined infrastructure which will enable IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data.

“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextualized quality data from a vessel or fleet, KVH is providing an alternative for IoT connectivity that enables the transfer of data from ship to cloud. We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users,” said Vigleik Takle, Kongsberg Digital Senior VP of Maritime Digital Solutions.

The improvement of technology is providing better solutions

There are several solutions and services available for the shipping industry such as IoT and Blockchain. Last year in May Dubai’s Topaz Energy and Marine signed an agreement with Baker Hughes to install a lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX. That will improve the maintenance and field time of every vessel in Topaz’s Fleet. VitalyX is a combination of IoT and sensors with condition monitoring software to gather real-time data. This enables Topaz to get crucial information about the condition of the vessels.

Also in March 2019, the French port Marseille-Fos was involved in a blockchain project. Inter-ministerial Delegation supported the project for the development of the port and logistics axis. The experimental project included tests verifying the security of the digital transport chain to improve fluidity.