Mimer SoftRadio - Unmanned Vessels
At the moment a lot of research is directed at building and launching unmanned vessels (UAV’s) at sea. The object is to have them sail without personnel over both sea, on inland water ways and in lakes and harbours.
Please also see the other pages with marine examples.
Remote control of onboard radios
For safety reasons the vessel needs to have a Marine radio onboard that a dispatcher at a marine control centre on shore can remote control and thereby talk over radio with other ships that are close by, just as if he would be onboard.
To make this work the vessel needs to have some type of IP link. Either through 4G when close to shore or through satellite, when further out to sea.
The onboard radio is connected to a network interface and via the IP link to the dispatchers PC.
The radios will most often be of a Marine VHF type, but can also be other types of radios. Signalling like DSC and ATIS can be used.
SoftRadio onboard unmanned vessels, connected over 4G or satellite.
Serving several vessels at the same time
Through SoftRadio one operator can handle several radios on different ships at the same time.
In the same operator software he can also handle for example other radios for use in ports and phone calls.
Several operators can work with the same ships in parallel although they are located at different sites.
With a Mimer VoiceLog in the system all calls can be recorded.
One operator working with radios on several vessels and a radio at a harbour.
Remote control of other onboard equipment
Also other types of remote control can be made through the SoftRadio system. As an example we have built a special interface that is connected to an external horn speaker on the ship. This can be used so that the operator can use the horn speaker for PA announcements or as a fog horn with preprogrammed repeating fog signals.
Other interfaces with I/O ports can also be connected to the system, for miscellaneus use onboard.
Operator working with both a radio and with other equipment onboard the ship.