Orolia and Radio Holland to work together on inland VDR

Orolia has announced a partnership with Radio Holland that will see the companies work together on the development of a new Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) specifically designed for inland shipping.

“Radio Holland is continuously seeking partners with whom we can work to develop and create solutions which can meet our customers’ requirements. As a result, we partnered with Orolia on the new and unique Inland NW6000R VDR, which registers all movements and communications on and around the inland vessels,” said Paul Smulders, CEO Europe for Radio Holland.

“The VDR is obligatory in deep sea shipping, but for inland shipping it is also a relevant tool to enhance safety and ship performance. The NW6000R VDR is perfectly suitable to monitor, measure and improve the performance of the ship. Based on the interest we have found with inland ship owners, we believe this innovative product is a relevant addition on board of inland vessels.”

The system is based on Orolia’s existing Netwave NW6000 VDR technology, which uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) to reduce cabling requirements and can provide additional functionality for performance measurement.

The Netwave VDR NW6000 series will now also become Radio Holland’s preferred global VDR system for retrofit and newbuild projects following the agreement, while Orolia will use Radio Holland’s global network as one of its globally preferred service partners.

“We have a long-established relationship with Radio Holland and look forward to taking this to the next level,” said Chris Loizou, Vice President Maritime Business Line at Orolia.

“This partnership is based on our mutual experience and understanding of the growth of the marine inland waterway economy, and the ambition to ensure that technology utilised in SOLAS vessels can be used to analyse accident data and help develop risk-reduction strategies for the future.”

Radio Holland will also make Orolia’s M-SecureSync system its preferred navigation cyber security technology following the deal. The M-SecureSync is used to mitigate GPS/GNSS jamming and spoofing attacks, alerting the bridge to discrepancies in navigation signals.