As the shipping industry continues to expand its use of ship connectivity and the true digital ship, the benefits are rapidly increasing. Not only do ships take advantage of connectivity for crew well-being and operational use, but IoT solutions also enable functions such as remote condition monitoring, performance optimization and l electronic survey for compliance. For crew and IoT connectivity, the vessel relies on fast, reliable and proven satellite technology delivered by high-speed satellites (HTS) covering the world’s oceans.
In particular, the benefits of using dedicated maritime IoT connectivity (i.e. an antenna system separate from the main satellite communication system) are attracting the attention of maritime data analysis experts and maritime cyber-experts. Ships with a dedicated maritime IoT connectivity solution have taken a significant step forward by separating computer connectivity (information technology) from OT connectivity (operational technology, which manages the physical processes and the machines used to run them) .
For marine data analytics experts, dedicated high-speed connectivity provides actionable insights faster. It gives them control over their own bandwidth so that data reaches the experts on land in real time, at all times. This enables immediate action to improve the efficiency of tracking, routing, safety, security, fuel consumption and emissions. Dedicated connectivity also enables dedicated high-speed remote assistance video interventions while a vessel is at sea, without competing for shared bandwidth of basic operations or the vessel’s crew.
Cyber ââmaritime experts consider that separate pipelines for IT and OT connectivity are of crucial importance in reducing cyber risks. CyberOwl CEO Daniel Ng noted in a recent webinar: âThe separation across the pipeline changes and removes the margin for human error, fundamentally changing it from a cybersecurity perspective. Ships with a dedicated IoT connectivity solution follow IMO 2021 cybersecurity recommendations and at the same time create the optimal digital technology infrastructure for all their vessel’s needs, whether operations, communications with the crew or real-time IoT data transfers.
In reality, however, too many ships are still trying to use an existing satellite communication system to do too much, creating a bandwidth contention conflict and increasing cyber risk. This scenario also limits the real benefits of IoT, which can only be realized with continuous transfer of real-time IoT data, high-speed remote interventions and the ability to act at sea. , high-speed and affordable dedicated IoT connectivity enables onshore monitoring by an IoT service company, technical service providers and OEMs of onboard assets with control of their data flow and the ability to ” perform video interventions to resolve problems. in real time. With the advent of remote services and a new era of technical vessel management, many stakeholders interested in vessel efficiency have the ability to monitor and act on the high seas to reduce maintenance costs and delays. to the port without bandwidth conflict.
For dedicated IoT connectivity, a solution such as KVH WatchÂ® is an all-inclusive, no-obligation choice for IoT and digital vessel stakeholders to achieve cost savings and performance benefits with real-time data flow while separating OT and IT.
If your vessel is trying to make an existing SATCOM connectivity solution perform dual function, as a communication system for crew connectivity and operational functions as well as IoT data transfer system, it is time to adopt a dedicated IoT connectivity solution. Learn more by downloading the KVH case study: âEnabling the Digital Ship through Dedicated IoT Connectivityâ.
KVH hosted a virtual roundtable on IoT connectivity during London International Shipping Week earlier this month. Click here to view the web recording.
This article is sponsored by KVH Watch.
The opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.