Maritime IoT: Internet of Things in Maritime Industry

Maritime IoT: Internet of Things in Maritime Industry

Using IoT and M2M technologies, the maritime industry is enhancing efficiency, safety, and sustainability across most operations. But what is IoT in the maritime industry exactly?

Maritime Internet of Things refers to the application of Internet of Things technology within the maritime industry. It involves connecting physical devices, equipment, and sensors onboard vessels, ports, and maritime infrastructure to the Internet to enable data collection, analysis, and control in real-time:


    • Remote Monitoring and Maintenance: IoT sensors onboard vessels enable real-time monitoring of engine performance, fuel consumption, and equipment health allowing predictive maintenance and minimizing downtime;
    • Cargo Tracking and Logistics: Marine IoT-enabled tracking devices provide real-time visibility into cargo location, temperature, and condition to optimize supply chain management and ensure timely delivery of goods;
    • Environmental Monitoring: Maritime Internet of Things sensors monitor environmental parameters such as water quality, air pollution, and marine life to reveal proactive measures for mitigating environmental impact and to comply with regulatory standards;
    • Safety and Security: IoT-powered surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and access control systems enhance maritime security by detecting intrusions, monitoring restricted areas, and facilitating emergency response protocols;
    • Smart Port Operations: IoT-enabled infrastructure within ports enhances efficiency through automated container handling, berth allocation, and traffic management to reduce congestion and optimize resource utilization.

    Let’s find out why IoT applications are necessary onboard the vessel, and what types of connectivity can maritime businesses utilize for IoT at sea and near the shore.

    Cellular Roaming and Local SIMs

    Cellular roaming coupled with local SIM cards plays a pivotal role in maritime IoT connectivity and smart shipping solutions. As IoT vessels navigate international waters, they encounter varying cellular networks with different coverage and pricing structures. Utilizing cellular roaming capabilities allows vessels to automatically switch between networks, ensuring continuous connectivity without interruption. Moreover, predictable pricing ensures a good margin.

    With local SIM cards, you can also benefit from cost-effective data plans tailored to specific regions. By using local SIMs, maritime businesses can optimize data usage and minimize communication costs while maximizing coverage and reliability.

    Starlink Maritime

    Starlink Maritime, the satellite internet service offered by SpaceX, represents a groundbreaking development in maritime Internet of Things connectivity. Utilizing a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, Starlink offers high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity to vessels worldwide.

    Starlink Maritime provides a game-changing alternative for maritime businesses operating in remote or underserved regions where terrestrial connectivity options are limited. With its global coverage and high-performance capabilities, Starlink enables real-time data transfer, video conferencing, and remote monitoring applications previously inaccessible to maritime operators.

    By integrating Starlink Maritime into the vessel's internet system alongside Peplink routers and cellular SIMs, maritime operators can benefit from enhanced connectivity, reliability, and flexibility enabling seamless communication and data exchange even in remote maritime environments. This integrated approach ensures that vessels remain connected and operational to support critical onboard applications and enhance overall efficiency and safety at sea.


    ➪ DROAM's Customized Marine Internet Solutions

    Since the Maritime IoT revolves around such crucial operations as condition monitoring, crew safety, fuel management, weather forecasting, route optimization, and remote control it’s absolutely crucial to choose the right connectivity provider. DROAM aims to cover all types of connectivity that are used on vessels for optimal efficiency and sustainability across virtually all maritime operations, including both satellite and cellular connectivity. Contact us to get more information about our cutting-edge marine internet options.