As ships become more automated and data management a strong requirement of on-board networks, creating a well defined shipboard infrastructure is crucial. Shipboard wireless area networks are a popular way of achieving this infrastructure. Since cost reduction is a priority among ship owners, and ship networks an integral part of ship operations, wireless networking is clearly a rising star in on-board networks.
Connecting a Wide Range of Devices
Recently, with advances in wireless networking, it’s become simpler to connect resources from all areas around the ship. Handheld devices, laptops and wireless PDAs can be used by members of the crew for discussion of maintenance issues and for submitting reports from anywhere on the ship. Communication is much simpler between crew members as shipboard wireless area networks can support instantaneous log entry into a central database, improving efficiency and situational awareness.