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ECDIS Modernization for Enhancing Addressed VHF Communication
1 National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”, Odessa, Ukraine
ABSTRACT: Standard ECDIS configuration doesn?t foresee interaction with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) device. We propose a reasonable way to eliminate the drawbacks of existing VHF radiotelephony using DSC and obtain new advantages in communication and navigation in the frame of existing conventional installations. The proposed innovation is based on ECDIS software updating and the interconnection to DSC equipment. ECDIS modernization would get rid a navigator of the routine procedures and handling with abstract data replacing them by understandable actions on ECDIS display. The proposed integration gives new abilities for smart addressed VHF/DSC communication by estimating the current navigational situation around the ship that is especially important in congested ports, waterways and poor visibility regarding human factor. The proposed modernization retains in operation all standard DSC and ECDIS functions and provides full compatibility with commonly used non-integrated equipment. Financial expenses to its implementation for ship-owner are minimal due to only software updating and standard cabling.
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Citation note:
Koshevoy V.M., Shishkin A.V.: ECDIS Modernization for Enhancing Addressed VHF Communication. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 9, No. 3, doi:10.12716/1001.09.03.04, pp. 327-331, 2015

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