“The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” — Wikipedia.
I won’t be the first to blog or write about the Internet of Things “thing” if it’s really a thing or just a concept. I do try to stay up on technology especially where it meets marine applications. I’m usually in pretty early on things, often what is considered being an “early adopter”. I’ve tunneled IPv6 over IPv4 before they turned it live on most Internet Service Providers – using Freenet6 which is now called Gogo6 – and have been on the forums there. The Gogo6 web site has been talking about The Internet of Things for years now. I think the thought pattern is … IPv6 provides enough IP Addresses, compared to the Being Exhausted IPv4 address space. So then everything can be connected.
Of course as usual everyone thinks these things take place on land first and then later on marine vessels. But many of us in the industry have been connecting or trying to connect THINGS for quite awhile now. From camera and dvr systems to ships monitoring systems. There is a lot of desire to be able to access things remotely over the Internet. Audio and Video entertainment systems have also been introduced to onboard networks and those systems want Internet access to download titles and content. Not to forget Electronic Chart Navigation Systems.
Anyway the bottom line is you need good Internet Access systems first to provide the last connection to the Internet. You need a good onboard network to get everybody and everything connected. I not only provide Internet connecting modem / routers for this but the consulting and support to make it all work together. I have enough knowledge in many of these areas to connect and integrate things together. I’m not just an IT guy. I did 4 years US Navy … I have done paper chart navigation and the older electronic navigation systems. I have worked in two way radio – and currently hold Amateur Extra Class Radio License so I play with VHF, UHF, and HF SSB. I worked in I.T. in Unix Computer Servers and Networking including large Cisco Routers.
If you need any help with your Marine Internet of Things give me a shout !
Alan Spicer Marine Telecom
+1 954 683 3426
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