DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – May 10, 2021 – Elcome International and Broadcast Solutions recently completed a live proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration of a maritime mesh network for coastal operations.
The POC demonstration, which involved a land-based station and several vessels, confirmed the advanced capabilities of the system, including live messaging and video conferencing between headquarters and mobile units at sea.
The maritime mesh network leverages advanced software-defined tactical radios with multiplexing modulation technology, specialized antennas and IP collaboration tools to communicate across interconnected cells. The multi-node network can sustain secure low-latency broadband connectivity with offshore vessels roaming across a wide operating area offshore.
Communication modes for the network include voice-over-IP (VOIP), multi-stream video, push-to-talk (PTT) radio, messaging, file transfer and other IP-based applications. A video management system optimizes interface feeds from the vessels’ electronics, such as radar, sonar, ECDIS, infra-red sensors and surveillance cameras, for real-time monitoring at the command center ashore. A playback mode can be used for after-action event analysis.
“During the POC demonstration, the IP network achieved consistent 30 Mbps bandwidth links across a 20 nautical mile sector,” said Nicolas Hans, partner, Broadcast Solutions Middle East. “Beyond point-to-point connectivity, the maritime mesh network enables multipoint-to-multipoint communications at scale. Such flexibility paves the way to a variety of use cases for defense, oil and gas or harbor operations.”
“This POC trial provided a convincing demonstration of the potential benefits the meshed mobile IP network can bring to broadband services for vessels and offshore platforms,” said Jimmy Grewal, executive director of Elcome International. “We look forward to working with Broadcast Solutions to move toward full deployment of this powerful technology.”
About Broadcast Solutions
Headquartered in Bingen, Germany, Broadcast Solutions is a leading media technology and system integration company. It specializes in mobile, fixed and hybrid installations for broadcasters, enterprise and government organizations. Established 15 years ago, Broadcast Solutions is a privately held company with offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
About Elcome International
Elcome was founded in 1970 and is one of the world’s largest maritime companies with a diversified portfolio of technologies, solutions and services. The company is headquartered in Dubai and maintains 23 offices in 11 countries extending from Europe to Southeast Asia, with a total of more than 500 employees. Elcome is the authorized sales and service representative for world-leading OEMs across defense, energy, marine and yachting industry segments and is also a leading system integrator responsible for many vital land-based, offshore and national security projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Elcome also operates an FTA-approved training center and bridge simulator in Dubai and offers training and certification for operators and bridge officers.