Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) is a European Union-funded initiative supporting European businesses. We provide funding for innovation activities and we connect businesses with world-class expertise from some of Europe’s top cyber-physical systems research institutes. Within this project OFFIS is leading the design centre Germany North which focues on the maritime domain. The design centre has a close cooperation with the German Association for Maritime Technologies (GMT), the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCNG) and regional industry and agencies. The German Center North will drive incubation from the automative and aerospace sector into the maritime sector, a new high-tech growth market. Coming from paper based navigation in the last years the sector experiences growing electronic system integration of components and technologies enabling the development of innovative new products and services. CPSE Labs Germany North will leverage the e-Maritime Integrated Reference platform to support companies from the maritime domain to develop, test and validate new e-Navigation solutions.
This experiment aims to bridge technology gaps currently present in the Maritime Cloud, a common open source and platform-neutral communications interface linking a broad range of service providers in the maritime domain. MC PORTAL will develop a simplified web-based portal for managing users, ships, devices and systems and their authentication and authorization information, as well as managing the lifecycle of service specifications from incubation to retirement, and enabling registration of service instance and means for locating them by end users.
This experiment aims to lay the foundation for a safe and efficient shore based voyage planning for SOLAS ships, using an approach to voyage preparation similar to that used in aviation. Shore based voyage calculation has the advantage of basically no bandwidth limitation and is partly (only weather and navigation) offered as a manual commercial service, executed by senior navigators.
The main objective of SBB (Shore Based Bridge) is to make extensive use of the physical testbed of the eMIR platform for the development of a SBB and by this contribute to the improvement of the testbed in order to support the development of further future navigation solutions.
SBB will enable the on-shore navigation of an autonomous vessel by introducing a shore based e-NAV Station receiving sensor data such as ship radar, GPS, AIS (automatic identification system), VDR (voyage data recorder), etc. Thus, a navigator will then be able to use multiple data feeds from the vessel for monitoring/navigation and updating the route/passage plan, which will be send automatically on board. In case of an autonomous vessel, the updated route will replace the current route in the ship’s ECDIS and track pilot and thus directly steer the ship according to the new intended Passage plan. A common operational picture on-board and on-shore by means of safe and secure sensor data exchange is obviously essential to execute these functions.