The Norwegian companies Kongsberg Seatex and Radionor have teamed up to develop Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR). Norway is the first nation in the world to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and aircrafts in public service, which enable exchange of information, limiting damage when accidents occur.
As explained, MBR is highly stable and with extensive reach, compared to previous systems. It does not require an internet connection to connect units in the network, though it is possible to transfer data from the network using Internet. Among other capabilities, MBR enables streaming of HD-video.
The Coastal Administration and NOFO (Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies) are the first in the world to deploy this innovation. The Coastal Administration will install MBR on all its oil recovery vessels, and on 10 additional vessels with oil recovery equipment on board. NOFO will do the same with all its oil recovery vessels.
MBR is already installed on the surveillance aircraft LN-KYV, a joint initiative between the Coastal Administration, NOFO and the Norwegian Coast Guard.
In addition, in the event of a critical oil spill, MBR will enable a significantly faster and higher quality exchange of information between the various units engaged in a response effort. Images, maps and video can be transferred instantaneously, and response can be initiated based on a shared, real-time awareness of the situation.
“This is a significant improvement that allows us to communicate with all units participating in an oil recovery mission, and share the data without an Internet connection. MBR allows us to respond faster with the right actions,” says Kjetil Aasebø, senior advisor in the Coastal Administration.