Arctic Ship Operated Low Power Data Network (ARC-REACH), an ESA IAP kick-start activity in Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.3 Innovative collaboration within Arctic safety and security management
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 03:30 PM - 03:40 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Johan Berte (AntarctiQ, Belgium), Erik Verhagen (AntarctiQ, Belgium)
Abstract text

A number of countries are making preparations to turn the rapidly warming Arctic into a busy global shipping route to sail between principal locations behind the Arctic Circle, Europe and Asia. These changes imply 2 needs: Commercial ship owners have an increased need for tracking of the cargo both for the environmental protection (in case of incident or loss of cargo) and commercial agreements (real-time tracking of cargo at offloading, etc.)  


The environment will require additional remote sensing, but which is not cost-effective due to the need of having separate satellite communication for each sensor or experiment.


The objective of the ARC-REACH project is to validate in cooperation with the ship owners and scientific research community the need and feasibility to setup a cost-effective low-power long-range dynamic radio network, tailored for tracking of cargo and maritime activity, complemented with remote sensing of the environment.


The expected benefits of such a mobile monitoring network are multiple: shipowners can offer an additional service to their customers since cargo handling and transport activities can be traced, thereby reducing the risk of error, minimising cargo losses and improving security standards; from an environmental perspective, it will be possible to quickly intervene in the event of an incident or loss of cargo, thereby limiting the possible impact on the environment; governments and the science community can have a cost-effective access to the radio network to monitor additional data along the frequent and ‘fixed’ sailing routes.

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