Course Title: Marine Wireless Communications Technology

Course Overview: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of wireless communication technologies in the maritime industry. Participants will explore the principles, applications, and emerging trends in marine wireless communication, ensuring they are well-versed in the technologies that drive connectivity at sea.

Week 1: Introduction to Marine Wireless Communication

  • Overview of Wireless Communication in Maritime Context
  • Historical Evolution and Significance
  • Regulatory Framework: ITU and Maritime Spectrum Allocation

Week 2: Basics of Wireless Technology

  • Fundamentals of Radio Waves and Propagation
  • Types of Wireless Communication: Radio, Microwave, Infrared
  • Wireless Standards in Maritime Environments

Week 3: Maritime Mobile Communication Systems

  • GSM and CDMA Technologies at Sea
  • Roaming and Handover in Maritime Wireless Networks
  • Challenges and Solutions for Mobile Connectivity on Vessels

Week 4: Satellite Communication in Maritime

  • VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) Systems
  • Inmarsat and Iridium Satellite Services
  • Advancements in Satellite-Based Internet on Ships

Week 5: Wi-Fi and WLAN Technologies on Vessels

  • Onboard Wi-Fi Networks
  • WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) Setup and Security
  • Applications and Limitations of Wi-Fi at Sea

Week 6: Emerging Technologies in Marine Wireless

  • 5G and its Impact on Maritime Connectivity
  • Internet of Things (IoT) in Maritime
  • Use of Drones and Unmanned Systems for Wireless Communication

Week 7: Navigational Communication

  • AIS (Automatic Identification System)
  • Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Communication
  • Integration of Wireless Technology in Navigation Systems

Week 8: Emergency and Safety Communication

  • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System)
  • EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) and SART (Search and Rescue Transponder)
  • Emergency Communication Protocols

Week 9: Cybersecurity in Marine Wireless Communication

  • Cyber Threats in Maritime Connectivity
  • Best Practices for Securing Wireless Networks at Sea
  • Compliance with Maritime Cybersecurity Regulations

Week 10: Case Studies and Future Trends

  • Real-life Case Studies of Successful Marine Wireless Implementations
  • Discussion on Industry Trends and Future Developments
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Marine Wireless Communication

Assessment:

  • Weekly Quizzes and Assignments (40%)
  • Participation and Class Activities (20%)
  • Midterm Project: Case Study Analysis (20%)
  • Final Exam (20%)

Resources:

  • Textbook: “Marine Wireless Communication Technologies: A Comprehensive Guide”
  • Research Papers and Whitepapers
  • Industry Reports and Publications

Note: Active participation, engagement in discussions, and practical application of concepts are essential for a holistic understanding of marine wireless communication technologies. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the dynamic landscape of wireless connectivity in the maritime domain.

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