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KVH and Kongsberg team up on IoT pilot installation

The Simrad Echo KVH Watch antenna The Simrad Echo KVH Watch antenna

KVH Industries and Kongsberg Digital have announced the successful installation of their first joint maritime Internet of Things (IoT) system on a Norwegian research vessel, owned and operated by Kongsberg.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The vessel, Simrad Echo, features a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform, providing an integrated infrastructure for IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data. According to the companies, this bundled connectivity solution is one of the first cases of an active working vessel using an integrated maritime IoT solution.

Simrad Echo will rely on Kognifai Vessel Insight to monitor main and auxiliary systems on the vessel and help ensure 100 per cent 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.

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. The two companies plan to utilise Simrad Echo as a platform to develop tighter integrations for remote support and smart bandwidth utilisation that will benefit both new and existing customers.

“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextualised 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’s senior vice president of maritime digital solutions. “We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users.”

“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.”

One the pilot project has been completed, the Simrad Echo will continue with its normal operations.  {/mprestriction}

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