Exponaval 2016:Rohde & Schwarz Promotes VoIP Solution for Ships

Internal and External Comms

Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing its R&S NAVICS comunications system, a solution for internal and external comunications completely based on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol telephony). This new product is a communications platform that promisses to be very useful in the naval sector, as it can allow different departments in a ship to communicate, as the bridge with the engine room, both between themselves or to other ships, aircraft and shore-based facilities.

The characteristics of the new product include that it uses IT and network technologies, an Ethernet network for all the services of voice, MHS and CCS, with voice terminals with PoE (power over Ethernet), being compatible in the long term with all the new generation standards, and a reduction of the necessary hardware through virtualization and the emergency operation without a server. 

The operation of the system is easy, as with a smartphone, with the same model of operation by touch screen and with customizable touch buttons. It is a single electronics module for instalations of all types, just differentiated between external (protected against environment) and internal. It has a high degree of availability through a “dual homing” capability, with multiple connections (10 internal, 10 external), and can have a phone directory, calls history and favourites. It can also use earphones with “split ear” functionality, not needing wires.

The system adapts to the needs of the user, depending on the characteristics and size of the vessel. In example, in a small ship five consoles could be enough, while a bigger ship like a frigate may need 150 consoles. The system is escalable and configurable according to what is really needed. Aspects like onboard security is also cared about, in order to make the system able to be used in special areas like the weapons room of a ship, where becuase of aspects like magnetism and static not all instruments can be used.

Other advantage of the R&S NAVICS is its system of maintenance and repairing. If the consoles show malfunctions while the ship is at sea, the failing part can be easily replaced by any non specialised crew member, using the stock of spare replacement parts that are supplied by the maker as part of the after sales support. Once installed, the replacement part configurs and activate itself authomatically.

The R&S NAVICS system can be used both in military and civilian vessels, and the system is being exhibited at EXPONAVAL 2016 with an aim to both markets.

ROHDE & SCHWARZ has an experience and expertise accumulated during eighty years of work in the field of wireless communications, also adding  IT data and networks security in the last twenty years. In example, it also has experience in the airspace and defence fields, including air traffic control equipment, avionics and navigation, air and naval comunications, tactical communications, radar and ECM/ESM support equipment,  SIGINT and satellite monitoring.

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