UDT 2017 Preview: SEA Outlines Future Submarine Communications Architectures

Adoption of Wireless Technologies May Reduce Through-Life costs

At the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) conference in Bremen 30 May-1 June, Cohort company SEA will outline how it is working on leveraging wireless technologies for next generation maritime communications requirements.

SEA already delivers the common External Communications System (cECS) across the entire UK Royal Navy’s submarine fleet and has unique experience and insight into how current systems operate and how they have evolved. Presenting at UDT, SEA Senior Principal Consultant Richard Brough will explore some of the more recent advances in wireless technologies and consider the various merits of different wireless standards that will enable architects and operators to begin exploiting these technologies in their networks.

SEA’s vision of future communications architectures is based on a pragmatic approach that understands the many conflicting requirements and priorities inherent in submarine communications,” he explains.

Traditionally, submarine communication networks have consisted of point to point wired architectures and fixed terminals for network access. Advances in wireless technologies such as LTE NB-IoT, 5G NR, WiGig and Li-Fi offer new opportunities for innovative services and applications to be carried over wireless bearers.

An example of how commercial networks are becoming more relevant is the global adoption of LTE for public safety which is driving mission critical capability into commercial LTE networks. At the same time, other technologies such as WiGig (802.11ad) are delivering Gigabit data rates to support local dissemination of high bandwidth streaming media offering the potential for immersive technologies.

Tim Mahon

 

Publish date

05/24/2017

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