Ocean Wise News

Making waves in telemetry

With climate change leading to unforeseen weather patterns, the need for reliable ‘just in time’ environmental data becomes ever more pressing. John Pepper outlines a development in marine telemetry that ticks all the right boxes.

Traditionally, environmental data such as tides, currents and met-ocean conditions have been telemetered. However, the challenge of using this technology has grown along with the vast array of other environmental data being transmitted and received. The requirement for ‘just in time’ environmental data is increasing globally, so the speed of transmitting data (latency) has to reflect the expectations of the customer. For example, tide and wind data required by a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) control system will call for accurate, near real-time data in order to bring very large ships safely into port. This is especially so where environmental conditions leave little margin for error.

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