Connectivity for autonomous ships: Architecture, use cases, and research challenges

Marko Höyhtyä (Corresponding author), Jyrki Huusko, Markku Kiviranta, Kenneth Solberg, Juha Rokka

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    A critical component of any unmanned and autonomous ship is the wireless communication system supporting efficient and safe operations. This paper studies connectivity challenges of autonomous ships in different environments, including ports, deep sea, and Arctic regions. Data requirements for wireless transmission regarding the environmental sensors and remote maintenance as well as remote control needs are identified in the paper. Multiple wireless systems are needed for resilient operations to fulfill capacity, latency, and secure communication needs. A hybrid connectivity concept that integrates satellite and terrestrial system components is defined and its components described. An essential part of the concept is a connectivity manager that ensures quality of service (QoS) for communications. Finally, research challenges for future are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence (ICTC)
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4032-2, 978-1-5090-4031-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4033-9
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event8th International Conference on ICT Convergence, ICTC 2017 - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 18 Oct 201720 Oct 2017


    Conference8th International Conference on ICT Convergence, ICTC 2017
    Abbreviated titleICTC 2017
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


    • remote controlled ships
    • 5G systems
    • autonomous ships
    • MIP: CognitComms4CritInfras
    • unmanned ships
    • cybersecurity
    • autonomous vehicles


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