Secure and Seamless Wireless Network Onboard Ships
The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, also known as DND/CAF, sought creative solutions that could provide strong and secure digital communication with the growing number of wireless sensors and systems onboard Royal Canadian Navy warships. The aim was to enable reliable tracking, monitoring, updating, automation, and operation of these systems in a variety of situations.
As the Government of Canada adds new warships to its current fleet of naval vessels, it plans to make the most of new and upcoming technologies and have communication with new devices, systems, and machinery that use wireless communication methods. Right now, the current ships depend on wired communication systems that run throughout the ship, but these would have to be updated or added with wireless technology to take full advantage of the latest sensors and systems.
It’s more challenging to communicate digitally on these vessels because of features like steel compartments that block signals and small spaces that need different levels of security. It’s also important to make sure no signals can be used by anyone beyond the confines of the ship, and that communication remains operational even in tough conditions like smoke or contaminated water.
Proposed solutions for this project needed to demonstrate the ability to maintain seamless connections with devices moving between compartments, in a variety of channels, in all conceivable weather conditions and sea states.
More information about IDEaS and this project can be found here.