Workshop "Future Evolution of Marine Communication"

ETSI is pleased to announce the workshop “Future Evolution of Marine Communication”. The event will take place on 7-8 November 2017, in ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France. SAVE THE DATE!

This event will investigate how the e-navigation concept and the evolution of GMDSS affect marine radiocommunication and navigation standardization in the mid/long term, taking also into account future requirements in terms of  capacity/rate for data transmission as well as security aspects which are essential for improving maritime safety. 


E-navigation can be defined as the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment. The idea of e-navigation is to require marine traffic to be regulated and controlled much as air traffic is by Air Traffic Control.  It is envisaged that e-navigation will play a major role in the future development and evolution of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

The workshop will investigate how the e-navigation concept and the evolution of GMDSS affect marine radiocommunication and navigation standardization in the mid/long term, taking also into account future requirements in terms of  capacity/rate for data transmission as well as security aspects which are essential for improving maritime safety.

This is an essential event for all professionals working on the development of eNavigation, or for organizations with an interest in the development and standardization of an integrated eNavigation system.

Participation to the workshop is open to all and free of charge upon registration.

Why attend?

This workshop will raise awareness about ETSI’s role in current and future maritime standardization. The aim is to inform, disseminate and exchange information about future intelligent maritime transport systems and technologies focusing on:

  • e-navigation and its impact on standardization
  • the evolution of GMDSS
  • standardization needs in maritime radiocommunication & navigation
  • technology evolution for maritime communication services
  • the attractiveness of future network technologies (e.g. LTE)
  • Search and Rescue new technologies (e.g. Galileo RLS enabled MEOSAR constellation)

Target Audience

This event is of particular interest to:

  • Manufacturers
  • Users
  • Industry and maritime transport organizsations
  • Administrations including coastguard agencies
  • Maritime agencies
  • Policy makers
  • Universities & research institutes
  • International organizations involved in maritime standardization

Programme Commitee

  • Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
  • Andrea Lorelli, Technical Officer, ETSI
  • Andy Little, Raymarine
  • Mark Swale, Marine Rescue Technology
  • Paul Bigwood,Yaesu

Agenda: 7 - 8 November 2017

Day 1: Tuesday 7 November 2017

08:30 Check-in/registration opens
09:00 Opening of the workshop & Welcome address
09:10 GMDSS modernisation and e-navigation: spectrum needs
Karlis Bogens, ITU-R
09:50 Technology evolution  for future radiocommunication and navigation
Frances Baskerville & Richard Doherty, CIRM
10:30 Coffee & Networking Break
11:00 The Digital Interface for E-Navigation Era
Steve Spitzer IMEA/NMEA
11:40 Radiocommunication and navigation standardization for the future: where we are and next steps
Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
12:20  Lunch & Networking Break 
14:00 The evolution of DSC in the Maritime Radiocommunication systems for the future
Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
14:30 Radar evolution for (inland waterways) navigation
Mario Walterfang, Traffic Technologies Centre (FVT), German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration
15:00 VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) in the context of e-navigation and modernization of GMDSS
Malcolm Lyman, CML Microcircuits
15:30 The AEOLIX project
Eusebi Catana, Peter Schmitting, ERTICO
16:00 Coffee & Networking Break 
16:30 Panel Discussion: Technology advances and retro compatibility
17:00 Day 1 Wrap-Up
17:30-19:00 Networking Cocktail 


Day 2: Wednesday 8 November 2017

09:00 3GPP and broadband communication applied to Critical Communication
Erik Guttman, Chairman of 3GPP Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group, Samsung Electronics
09:30 Maritime communication services over 3GPP systems
Hyounhee Koo, SyncTechno Inc.
10:00 Low-latency broadband communication between vessels and port landside: perspectives and challenges
Paolo Pagano, CNIT
10:30 Coffee & Networking
11:00 Broadband ship-to-ship communication
David Hagen, Kongsberg Seatex AS
11:30 Future satellite communications for maritime
Dana Jongens, Inmarsat
12:00 Panel discussion: Broadband communication & navigation: impact on standardization
12:30 Wrap-Up session
13:00  End of the workshop

Table-top Demos

The workshop's attendees will have the opportunity to visit the following table-top demos.  The table-top exhibit space is adjacent to the networking break area and will be visited during the networking coffee and lunch breaks.

AEOLIX - Architecture for European Logistics Information exchange, presented by Eusebiu Catana, ERTICO-ITS Europe

  • AEOLIX project will develop a platform for connecting logistics information systems of different characteristics, intra and cross-company, for immediate (real-time) exchange of information in support of logistics-related decisions. The ambition is to develop architecture for a distributed open system which will exchange information among key logistics actors (vessel companies, port authorities, other logistics companies as well as relevant authorities), enabling increased use and impact of such information in the value chain. The AEOLIX platform is a proof-of-concept, demonstrating the feasibility and functionality of features that support new ways of enhancing supply chain visibility and interoperability by implementing and delivering logistics services. It is clear that an impact assessment cannot be easily realised for a platform and services that are being validated, and at a prototype stage or before larger scale exploitation, require a commercial state product and operation. The overall impact of AEOLIX depends on the set of future logistics services provided by the platform and the penetration rate of the services. The capabilities of a platform such as AEOLIX can potentially enhance the impacts of different services and data.

Airbridge gateway with TitaniumX software controlling 4 LTE connections to shore, presented by Larsen Morten, AnyWi Technologies BV

  • The new Airbridge line of marine gateways with TitaniumX software equips medium-to-large ships with internet connections to shore, to use for official duties or leisure as preferred, as well as for infotainment on passenger ships. Technically, it unifies multiple 3G/LTE connections with optional VSAT backup via a multipath-TCP (MPTCP). This mixes the single underlying connections, managing them based on latencies and throughput. Hence, there is no "switching" between single connections, but rather a gradual shift from one to the other as the vessel moves and conditions change. The ship's owner or operator can impose rules on mobile networks that the gateway will connect to allow a more fine-grained quality management. This unified connection provides a single link independent of the underlying mobile or satellite connections used, ensuring that mission critical applications from shore to vessel only need to connect to one endpoint, independent of the vessel's position and operational state. Current development includes extending the basic MPTCP path management functionality to also consider available meta-information about connection quality in the path management algorithm. AnyWi will display an Airbridge gateway with four LTE modules providing internet via a WiFi access point to demonstrate local connectivity.