Finnish maritime innovators Fleetrange and KNL Networks have successfully pioneered in providing cost-efficient Arctic situational awareness using a unique combination of IoT, Cloud and 3G/HF hybrid telecommunications technology.
The solution includes up-to-date weather, ice, ship tracking and sensor data as well as email communications in areas where satellite communications are expensive, unreliable or non-existent.
The technology trial has successfully been completed onboard Salén Ship Management’s luxury Expedition Cruiser Hebridean Sky during her Arctic season around Svalbard. The trial included the Fleetrange IoT cloud platform which uses KNL’s long-range – up to 10 000km – 3G/HF hybrid communications technology to provide Arctic situational awareness between the ship and shore side office as well as sustaining critical operational email communications for the Captain.
“Ships in the Northern Arctic waters have been relying on non-existent or lower quality and expensive digital satellite communications for a long time. It is truly amazing for us to be able to change this and be the pioneers with KNL in providing high availability digital communications and situational awareness solutions for these harsh waters”, – says Henrik Ramm-Schmidt, CEO and Founder of Fleetrange Ltd.
The trial was conducted during Hebridean Sky’s Arctic season 2017, where the ship was fitted with KNL’s radio equipment and Fleetrange IoT units. The Fleetrangesolution was used to deliver up-to-date weather data and ice charts automatically to the ship and recieve IoT sensor data from the ship. The communication and awareness solution was systematically tested and monitored during the trial, which took the ship around Svalbard and all the way to the Arctic ice edge.
The solution is based on a unique combination of cost-efficient IoT and Cloud technology, where the ship sends IoT data, such as location, surrounding AIS-traffic and motion, and receives up-to-date weather and ice data from shore using KNL’s 3G/HF hybrid communications technology.