New system brings 'Internet of Things' to China's waterways

13:53, June 13, 2011      

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Almost all of China's coastal waters and its inland waterways with grades higher than four have been covered by an Automatic Identification System for ships, according to a recent announcement from the Maritime Safety Administration of China.

The Automatic Identification System for ships involves modern communication, network and information technology. Via ship-based Automatic Identification System devices and a shore-based network, the exchange of data, including identification code, position, course and speed can be realized.

Based on the Automatic Identification System platform, a maritime Internet of Things, which signifies the transformation from traditional navigation to "smart navigation," can be built. By July 1, 2012, 134,000 ships will carry Automatic Identification System devices.

The core technology of China's shore-based Automatic Identification System network has been included in the international standards for shore-based Automatic Identification System released by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.

By Qi Shuwen, People's Daily Online

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