Open Digital Incubator Initiative to test standardised maritime digital services

A new Digital Incubator initiative has been launched as an offshoot of the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), a collaborative project to develop a test framework focusing on standardised digital services for the maritime domain.

The Open Digital Incubator Initiative (ODI) partners include the German Aerospace Center, the Korean Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering, the General Lighthouse Authorities of United Kingdom and Ireland Research and Development, the Canadian Coast Guard, Fintraffic, Wärtsilä, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Swedish Maritime Administration.

The group will aim to implement and test digital maritime services based on draft specifications from various international organisations like IALA and IHO, before providing feedback on their effectiveness to relevant international organisations. All software components of the ODI should be open source, the partners note.

The existing Maritime Connectivity Platform will be used as the infrastructure for authentication and service discoverability, via the free MCP public demonstrator operated by members of the MCP consortium.

Initial activities include implementation of technical services for the provision of Navigational Warnings following specifications being developed by the IHO S-124 project team, as well as implementation of technical services for the provision of AtoN information to end-users applying the data-model from the S-125 product specification created by the IALA ARM committee.

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