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MS Stena Horizon

ms stena horizonMS Stena Horizon crew welfare powered by SeaFi

For the past three months, the crew of MS Stena Horizon is involved in a ship to shore experiment designed to dramatically improve crew welfare on board ferries across Europe.
SEA-Tech Evolution is developing SeaFi as an alternative to Satellite and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) a.k.a. 3G/4G with a view to improve IoT on board ships. SeaFi is already available in three major ports in Ireland - Cork, Waterford and Rosslare. With support from Stena and Rosslare Europort, SEA-Tech has equipped MS Stena Horizon with state of the art long distance wireless communications. Deck 7 reserved to the crew is now fully connected to Rosslare terminal with transfer’s throughput averaging 300 mbps in port.
Each time MS Stena Horizon is visiting Rosslare Europort, the crew (approx 55 men and women of all nationalities) can experience full-unrestricted Internet connection including services such as Skype, YouTube etc. which were not previously available with satellite communication.
Engineer Arnaud Disant and his Cork based team have worked closely with Captain Richard Collins, Master of MS Stena Horizon, Eamon Fortune and Captain Michael Proctor, Deputy Harbourmaster in Rosslare Europort to build a fully scalable, adaptable and sustainable demonstrator. Opening the port to IoT (Internet of Things) will help ports stepping into the future. SeaFi Port of Rosslare coastal communication system is scalable because it can be extended to all ferries in port including MS Stena Europe, no matter what route and berth they are operating onto. It's also adaptable because it can integrate with existing of future systems such as damage control, environmental monitoring, but also logistics and security. Finally it is sustainable because it's not involving any satellite communications and costs are moderate fleetwise.
SeaFi addresses today’s needs for fast, encrypted, robust harbour data communications.

Written by : Arnaud Disant

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