KVH and Kongsberg complete joint maritime IoT pilot installation

The vessel Simrad Echo with KVH Watch antenna installed

KVH and Kongsberg Digital have announced a first live pilot installation of their joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel, a Norwegian research ship owned and operated by Kongsberg.

The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT data transfer and the Kognifai Vessel Insight data platform on the vessel Simrad Echo, which will continue normal operations during the pilot project. 

Simrad Echo will use the Kognifai Vessel Insight infrastructure to monitor main and auxiliary systems on the vessel, using applications like the Kongsberg Mapping Cloud to move high-resolution echo sounding data from vessel to shore in real time so that shore-based experts can provide analysis to optimise vessel operations.

“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextualised quality data from a vessel or fleet, KVH is providing an alternative for IoT connectivity that enables the transfer of data from ship to Cloud,” said Vigleik Takle, Kongsberg Digital’s Senior Vice President Of Maritime Digital Solutions.

“We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users.”

The data from Simrad Echo will be transferred to and from shore by KVH’s Watch IoT Connectivity as a Service VSAT product. KVH Watch features two modes: Watch Flow, for 24/7 machine-to-machine data delivery; and Watch Intervention, for on-demand sessions for face-to-face support, remote equipment access, and very large data transfers.

“Vessels are complex systems of systems that must work together for the vessel to perform reliably and efficiently,” said Robert Hopkins, Jr, KVH’s Senior Director Of Maritime Services.

“During the Simrad Echo pilot, Watch Flow will deliver a complete view of those systems to shore on a Kognifai Vessel Insight dashboard. One system, Kongsberg Mapping Cloud for very high-resolution bathymetry, is particularly data intensive, making it a great use case for our high-throughput Watch antenna.”

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