Maritime facilities, oil rigs and ships are exposed to harsh environmental conditions that are fundamentally different from those on land and very challenging, namely large temperature fluctuations, high humidity and high salinity in the air. Explosive environments and constant vibrations also place very great demands on technical products, which must be robust enough to withstand these conditions over a longer period of time.
DNV (Det Norske Veritas)1 is one of several organisations which carries out offshore certifications. A device that has been approved by DNV is suitable for use in such environments and can withstand shocks, moisture and vibrations.
Certain innovaphone products, which have been granted the globally recognised DNV approval, formerly DNV GL, can be used without reservations on high seas. innovaphone thus fully meets and guarantees the high standards required for operational safety and functionality in the maritime industry.
The innovaphone VoIP gateway IP811 and the analog adapter IP29-8 underwent a rigorous test procedure for certification. In addition, the all-round IP111 telephone and the IPVA can be used as long as the servers are suitable for use in the maritime sector.
The innovaphone myApps collaboration platform enables users to make their own applications, such as cruise shipping tools, e.g., wake up calls or entertainment programs, engine room monitoring apps, and much more.
innovaphone also has a unique master-slave concept for shipping companies with fleets. Each boat has its own local innovaphone gateway which handles internal communication. And, the shipping companies are also connected to a common cloud solution. The PBX connects the local switchboards to enable internal calls between the ships and to the shipping company to be made via VoIP. The PBX is used for configuration and maintenance purposes, thus ensuring all local switchboards are up to date.
It is essential, especially in extreme situations where there is no mobile phone connection, to be able to fall back on a reliable communication solution. In certain emergencies, such as if there is a fire or “man overboard” emergency, crew members and passengers can be reached via desktop phone (passengers), cordless solutions or in-house antennas. In the event that a boat capsizes, rescue teams can be called via satellite link.
It is crucial that there is good accessibility in all areas of a ship. This applies to emergency scenarios as well as to steering and manoeuvring the ship – for telephones in the engine room, amongst different players (for example when entering a harbour) or for the telephones on deck.
In summary, it is crucial to invest in reliable, secure and robust VoIP phones to ensure communication is possible in emergency situations – be it diseases and pandemics, accidents or other emergency scenarios.
innovaphone maritime communication systems provide high availability, scalability, reliability and cyber security.
If you are interested in this topic, check out my colleague Cecilia’s recent blog post on Rio Gas & Oil, one of the biggest oil industry events in Rio de Janeiro.
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