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FIRST INTEGRATED MARITIME IoT SYSTEM INSTALLED ON WORKING VESSEL

Thursday, January 2, 2020 

KVH Industries and Kongsberg Digital have successfully installed their first joint maritime IoT system on 'Simrad Echo', a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg.

The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform, which, together, provide an integrated infrastructure for IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data. This is said to be the first such installation onboard a working ship, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project.

Simrad Echo will rely on Kognifai Vessel Insight to monitor main and auxiliary systems on the vessel and help ensure 100% availability. For example, the Kongsberg Mapping Cloud application will move high-resolution echo sounding data from vessel to shore in real time so that shore-based experts can provide analysis to optimise vessel operations.

“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,” said Vigleik Takle, Kongsberg Digital SVP maritime digital solutions. “We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users.”

The data flow from Simrad Echo will be facilitated by KVH Watch IoT Connectivity as a Service, a VSAT solution that leverages KVH’s end-to-end maritime connectivity services and high throughput satellite (HTS) network. KVH Watch features two modes: Watch Flow, for 24/7, machine-to-machine data delivery compatible with major IoT ecosystems such as Kognifai; and Watch Intervention, for on-demand high-speed sessions for face-to-face support, remote equipment access, and very large data transfers. Simrad Echo will provide a platform to develop tighter integrations for remote support and smart bandwidth utilisation that will benefit both new and existing customers.

“Vessels are complex systems of systems that must work together for the vessel to perform reliably and efficiently,” said Robert Hopkins Jr, KVH’s senior director of maritime services. “During the Simrad Echo pilot, Watch Flow will deliver a complete view of those systems to shore on a Kognifai Vessel Insight dashboard. One system, Kongsberg Mapping Cloud for very high-resolution bathymetry, is particularly data intensive, making it a great use case for our high-throughput Watch antenna.”

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