The maritime user applications requiring access to communication systems can be divided into 6 main areas:
- Safety & Security
- Vessel operations
- Tracking & Monitoring
- Crew Welfare
- Shared Situational Awareness
Within the project the current and planned communication system are evaluated. Furthermore, the statutory maritime communications requirements are identified. In a next step demands are derived, followed by the opportunity for satellite systems, services and technologies.
Main challenges of the Project SatCom4Mar are the compilation of all information and the identification of opportunities and their selection.
The main outcomes of the selection process of identified opportunities will be disseminated to relevant bodies. A developed road map towards potential new satellite systems and technology candidates could lead the way towards technologies which are promising to be investigated.
Methodology and Criteria for the Selection of Identified Opportunities.
SatCom4Mar undergoes three main paths: First the on-going and future developments in regulatory and commercial areas of maritime satellite communications are investigated including the identification of possible opportunities. Then, a Workshop will disseminate these findings after 6 months and finally, a high-level system study of selected opportunities is done defining a road map.
The project recently started with a Kick-Off beginning of September 2013.