SECOM – Secure Exchange and COMmunication aims to support all S-100 products that define what data is exchanged, making it a cornerstone for exchange of maritime information.

The goal with SECOM is a standardized interface and cyber security measures for transfer of S-100 products, according to STM Validation.

The STM Validation testbed has been an enabler for the new work item. Not only was the interface developed within the project but IEC also expects mature proposals. The extensive testing and high number of partners that are interoperable within STM is an excellent proof of concept. In the standardization work the scope is expanded, from voyage plans and navigational warnings, to include exchange of all S-100 based products,

...says Björn Andreasson STM testbed manager.

The work started May 22-23 with the initial IEC TC80 (Technical Committee 80) workgroup 17 meeting in Stockholm.

SECOM is an exchange layer that guarantees that different services and software exchange data in the exact same way. For manufacturers of maritime systems this eliminates the need to support several different service interfaces for different services and products. If a service or product works with one actor using it, it will work with all actors,

...says Hannu Peiponen IEC TC 80 chair.

SECOM, if successful, will be a cornerstone for interoperability of the same magnitude as standard data formats and a common authentication method, STM added.