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Addressing today's challenge of securing digital connectivity at sea

DIGITAL connectivity at sea offers new revenue streams such as entertainment and online services, say experts, but also risks exposure to cybercrime

Addressing today's challenge of securing digital connectivity at sea

DIGITAL connectivity at sea offers new revenue streams such as entertainment and online services, say experts, but also risks exposure to cybercrime

06 September 2019 - 19:00

DIGITAL connectivity at sea offers new revenue streams such as entertainment and online services, say experts, but also risks exposure to cybercrime.

Those carrying people are more likely to be interested in connectivity, while the others are satisfied with the status quo, said Eero Tuomikoski, emerging technologies chief at Wartsila, a Finnish manufacturer that also services power sources.



For vessels that transport cargo, connectivity also helps bring efficiencies that add to the bottom line, he said.



'For example, dynamic routing can consider weather, currents and traffic and find the most efficient route. It can improve logistics with just-in-time arrival, so ships don't have to wait outside a harbour before they have a place to dock,' Mr Tuomikoski said.



'With connected equipment, one can use predictive maintenance, prevent problems upfront and minimise unscheduled downtime. Properly monitored equipment also improves the safety for workers.'



Connectivity has its downside too, he said. The digitalising maritime industry offers a vast attack surface for cyber criminals. Wartsila together with its partners is prepared and responding to this increasing cyber threat with its International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) and Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT).



Transas, a part of the company's Voyage Solutions, offers a Fleet Operations Solution, which helps bring this connected maritime operational environment to life, he said.



It connects the ship, shore operations and traffic control, as well as providing advanced tools to enhance decision making, support and training, said Mr Tuomikoski.


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