Germany Integrates Maritime Security Comms
The German Maritime Safety and Security Centre has integrated Frequentis communication solution ASGARD as the communication and cooperation network for the operational forces of the Federal Government and the German coastal states.
The system went live in July 2016 to enable the Maritime Safety and Security Centre, which is responsible for the entire German coast and all water access routes, a common communication and information solution to work and integrate all other authorities. About 100 employees, including shift workers, are working in this newly built facility within the area of the Waterways and Shipping Department Cuxhaven. The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, Federal Police Department, Central Customs Authority, German Navy, Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, and the Waterways Police forces of the German federal and coastal states are operating together through this centre.
ASGARD is fully IP-based and operating on COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware, integrating an IT solution, media technology and dedicated furniture from Frequentis as technical prime contractor. Providing the highest reliability and redundancy it is compliant to the highest security standards, verified by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The Frequentis solution incorporates cross-industry expertise connecting maritime and public safety product features. Hannes Mahler, Deputy Administration Manager at the Maritime Safety and Security Centre, said: The exchange of information between all facilities involved in the Maritime Safety and Security Centre Cuxhaven has been intensified and accelerated. The deployment of the communication system ASGARD helped to promote this further. Frequentis delivered at cost, on time and with a very professional project management.
Dr. Reinhard Grimm, MD of Frequentis Germany, said: We are very proud to be part of this unique Maritime control centre and to bring in our cross-industry expertise to support all of the authorities working together to enhance the security and safety for the German coast and sea.
- ^ Read PTI’s technical paper: Threats of Port Cyber Security (www.porttechnology.org)
- ^ BM f r Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (www.flickr.com)