IEC Telecom stresses back-ups and cyber security in ship digitalisation

Communications provider IEC Telecoms stresses that in successfully deploying digitalisation on a vessel owners must ensure reliable back-up systems and cyber-security.

Nabil Ben Soussia, vice president – maritime, IEC Telecom, will be addressing the challenges of digitalisation during Nor-Shipping 2019. He described digitalisation as a “fantastic process but a complicated one” where owners need to plan and invest for “what if” scenarios.

Ben Soussia said that key to any digitalisation strategy for vessels at sea are ensuring reliable back-up systems and cyber-security.

“Yes you can have big data on a vessel and everything in the cloud but you have to secure the connection to deliver as close as possible to maximum connectivity,” he said. “There is no such thing as 100% in the world of technology. You need to aim for several systems which can deliver 99.99%.

Maintaining connectivity between ship and shore is an absolute priority. “The solution is to have two or three connections, customized applications and access policies in place for each connection,” he explained. “Ka and Ku band offer high speed connectivity but are less resilient than L-Band, which has limited speed. With a combination of the two systems you can achieve close to 100% connectivity.”

IEC Telecom offers its OneGate solution, providing smart box connectivity with the flexibility to switch from high speed to lower speed connectivity as needed.

Ben Soussia said: “We have worked closely with partners such as Thuraya to develop secure and reliable systems which provide high specification connectivity to meet individual vessel needs.

IEC Telecom will be joined at Nor-Shipping by Thuraya Communications.

Posted 02 June 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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