Description of the project: The main goal of MareCom project is the development of a high availability, broad band and low cost see communication solution, based on the IP Protocol and in off-the-shelf hardware that enables:
(1) to offer the communities that operate in the see – for instance, fisherman, see transportation, recreational crafts and national navies – reliable broad band connections and
(2) the convergence with the land communication scenario, increasing the digital inclusion of those communities. The solution shall be based on the community network model, shall address the problems in a holistic perspective, from the physical layer to the application layer, and shall include:
1) a new MIMO communication architecture, that shall consider specific settings of multiple antennae adequate to the radio propagation conditions in the maritime environment;
2) the project and implementation of multi-band MIMO antennae, enabling the setting of a radiation diagram adequate to the maritime environment requirements;
3) the development of a new access protocol adapted to the waves and to radio propagation conditions, to ensure reliable and highly available wireless connections;
4) the development of a new routing protocol that enables the creation of multi-hop floating networks formed by fixed or mobile platforms (for instance, offshore wind generators and vessels), for a greater reach, availability and extension of the access to land networks;
5) the development of innovative applications for the support the business of effective see communities – for instance, fisherman and navies.
The proposed solution shall consider (1) the usage of business Wi-Fi radios, combined with new technologies to be developed within the project and (2) the support of multiple access technologies – for instance, GPRS/3G/LTE, Satellite and the new access technology based on Wi-Fi, to be developed, in order to maximise the connection availability of land networks.