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January 31, 2012

Improving Maritime Navigation: The 'Current at Sea' Solution

By Daniel Brecht, Contributing Writer

A news alert on January 30, 2012 from France Telecom S.A. revealed that Consilium Marine Group, a leader in marine navigation, and Orange (News - Alert) Business Services, a global integrator of maritime communication solutions, are updating their maritime integrated navigation system (INS) to include an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for paperless navigation. The speculation is that using the electronic platform over an Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) based network will improve maritime communications and safety while reducing costs.

“Current At Sea” is the name given to this solution provided by Consilium and Orange to enable ECDIS compliance; it best describes what will take place, getting shipping companies to use a paperless communications platform for maritime communications. Current At Sea is capable of running efficient fleet and ship management of the transmission infrastructure. It is also capable of providing real-time monitoring of communications, text messaging, video-conferencing and position tracking among ships anywhere at sea.

(Image of an ECDIS, as illustrated on MarineInsight)

By combining the maritime experience of Orange with Consilium’s navigation solutions the “Current At Sea” solution will provide a number of benefits, not only replacing paper nautical charts with digital ones, but receiving accurate, precise data and having a more robust, secure and reliable maritime telecommunications systems in place for Inmarsat's (News - Alert) FleetBroadband functions, high-quality voice communications, machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities (to allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices) to ships at sea.

With Consilium’s ECDIS solution, ships will not only see improved safety at sea but will begin to use an ECDIS in compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. And with Orange's MPLS-IP based network, ships will benefit from the operational cost-savings for voice or data communication as well as from its secure, real-time connection to business-critical applications.

Current At Sea is the solution that enables shipping companies to integrate ECDIS with maritime navigation. Not only is it a paperless communications platform that can improve the working conditions, maritime services and marine navigation which will revolutionize the way merchant vessels operate and do business out at sea, but it is a solution for maritime-based applications and customers that require high-performance VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) systems.

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Daniel Brecht has been writing for the Web since 2007. His interests include computers, mobile devices and cyber security standards. He has enjoyed writing on a variety of topics ranging from cloud computing to application development, web development and e-commerce.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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