Which communication protocols should be implemented to enable safe navigation with automated and conventional barges?
The current communication between vessels or with the shore assumes that there are always humans in the loop. However, in the future some barges will automatically deliver generated information and has to make decisions based on external information without any human interference.
We foresee a future where different types of barges are navigating on our inland waterways, but how should the communication develop to optimally enable safe navigation?
We can identify different scenarios that can be grouped in three categories. The scenarios show examples and are listed on increasing difficulty. The solution has to cover as much as possible the scenarios below.
Barge – Authority
Automated Barge – Conventional Barge
Barge – Third party (f.e. terminal)
We can identify 2 communication protocols. The first part is the traditional way of working, but the last decade different “navigation information technologies” have created new methods of information exchange.
Types of barges that can be identified at the moment: