The Broadcast Solutions Maritime Mesh Network is specifically designed to meet the high capacity bandwidth requirements of modern maritime and coastal operations. Both military and industrial organizations now have the ability to deploy private networks and deliver broadband connectivity to their marine assets.
Maritime networked communications are mostly stuck in the past century. Telegraphic transmissions may have given way to VHF radio, but bandwidth remains scarce and costly. Wireless transmissions are mostly limited to voice, text messages, faxes and low-resolution images. As for satellite communications at sea, their cost is prohibitive, their performance too often similar to the dial-up connections of the early days of the internet.
The Broadcast Solutions Maritime Mesh Network addresses this situation. It leverages an array of technologies ranging from Wi-Fi and microwave mesh networking, to MPLS and fibre links, to airborne network nodes and satellites. The resulting secure network offers sufficient IP bandwidth to support voice, data and video. Unified Communications and Collaboration including instant messaging, file transfers voice over IP and video streams can now be rolled out for shore to ship and ship to ship transmissions. Real-time data streams from IoT platforms can now feed digital twins at headquarters.
Features and benefits
Ease of installation. Boats and USVs are equipped with high gain omnidirectional antennas. The on-board radio is compact and only requires 20V DC to operate.
Flexibility. The Maritime Mesh Network behaves as a transparent Layer 2 IP switch. The network management and the deployment of software applications are simplified.
Secure. The network is proprietary and requires no public IP connectivity to
operate. Third-party encryption systems are supported.
Lower cost of ownership. Because the Maritime Mesh Network primarily leverages an RF mesh network, operating costs are predictable. Usage of capacity billed satellite communications can be limited.
Support for line of sight and beyond. Coastal towers and boats are all network nodes that automatically mesh providing they have line of sight. Data hops from one node to another allowing for two nodes with non line of sight (NLOS) to communicate.