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Maritime Cloud becomes Maritime Connectivity Platform

The team behind the Maritime Cloud project, a joint initiative of three global e-Navigation projects, has decided to change the name of its information exchange network to the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), to more accurately describe its objectives as it moves from testbed to real life implementation.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Maritime Connectivity Platform, or MCP, has been chosen as the new name for what was previously known as the Maritime Cloud as it more closely describes the infrastructure that has been created, according to Thomas Christensen, work package leader for the EU-funded EfficienSea2 project, led by the Danish Maritime Authority.

“MCP is at a level of maturity where we are ready to take it from our project spheres into operational mode. However, before taking that step we felt a strong need to clarify exactly what is being offered and what is being offered is a connectivity platform – not a storage Cloud,” he said.

The decision to change the name was taken by the development forum behind the MCP, which includes the two European projects – EfficienSea2 and STM Validation – and the Korean SMART-Navigation project. The three partners aim to use the system to provide the maritime world with a communication framework that connects all maritime actors through the use of secure identities and trustworthy services.

“MCP is all about making sure everyone gets a chance to exploit the best solutions in e-Navigation. By providing a way for sharing standardised services, we offer both service providers, shipping companies, authorities and everyone else in the maritime world a chance to benefit from the power of data,” said Mr Christensen.

Two of the main elements in MCP include a Service Registry, where providers can register service specifications and technical designs for different services, and an Identity Registry, where stakeholders in the maritime domain can be granted validated user status within the platform.{/mprestriction}

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