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Maritime wireless network built off Norwegian coast

The MBR antenna (in the red circle), shown here on board the KV Bergen The MBR antenna (in the red circle), shown here on board the KV Bergen Norwegian Coastal Administration

Norwegian companies Kongsberg Seatex and Radionor have partnered to develop Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR), a wireless network at sea that will be made available to ships and planes in public service by Norway’s Coastal Administration and NOFO (Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}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 of 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 particular the technology has been targeted for use in the event of an oil spill, to enable faster and higher quality exchange of information between the various units engaged in a response effort, allowing images, maps and video to be transferred instantaneously and responses to be based on shared real-time situational awareness.

“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,” said Kjetil Aasebø, senior advisor in the Coastal Administration.{/mprestriction}

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