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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

MC PORTAL (A Maritime Cloud Portal)

'The help and funding from CPSE labs has made it possible to develop an easy entry point for administrating the different components in the Maritime Cloud infrastructure ... Without the MC PORTAL project, the integration between STM and Maritime Cloud would have been near impossible within the provided project deadlines'

Rasmus Madsen Jensen - Danish Maritime Authority

Problem and solution

The (civil) maritime transport & logistic is highly affected by the e-Navigation: A strategy, introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2007 in order to "harmonize the collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment" [1]. For this, the development of the Maritime Cloud as a dynamic CPS-Concept was globally initiated as common open source and platform-neutral maritime communication infrastructure linking a broad range of service providers in the maritime domain ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore.

The Maritime Cloud is not a product aimed at end users like mariners and ship owners but a framework providing standardized protocols, functionality facilitating identity and role management, authentication, encryption, authenticity validation, service discovery and bandwidth efficient messaging. Therefore, the MC Portal project targets to bridging technology gaps currently present in the Maritime Cloud.

The basic objective of the MC Portal is to enhance the digital communication framework for the Maritime Cloud. The CPSE-labs experiment develops and test a web-based solution to enable user access and management of the Maritime Cloud and its core components Maritime Identity Registry and Maritime Service Registry. The MC Portal targets maritime organizations as potential users to lower the barrier for smaller business to participate in the digitalization of the maritime transport sector.

Besides this, the MC Portal project is used for proof of concept of the Maritime Architecture Framework (MAF), a structured approach, which provides methodologies and methods for system architectures to specify and integrate maritime cyber-physical systems into the maritime environment.

How did CPSE Labs help?

CPSE Labs has set the base to create a user-oriented entry point to the Maritime Cloud. The experiment was the unique chance to bring together different maritime stakeholder such as the Danish Maritime Authority, Lund & Bendsen with the Design Centre Germany North to develop and guide the innovative concept of the MC Portal. This leads to further use and integration within the project Sea Traffic Management (STM) as well as in the overarching governance board Maritime Cloud Development Forum (MCDF).

'The help and funding from CPSE labs has made it possible to develop an easy entry point for administrating the different components in the Maritime Cloud infrastructure. To raise awareness of the Maritime Cloud for the key stakeholders of the maritime domain, the MC PORTAL project has been invaluable, culminating with a successful presentation of the project in the eMIR Testbed at the e-Nav Underway Int. 2017 conference. Furthermore, MC PORTAL is already a central element in the cyber-physical environment within the STM validation project. Without the MC PORTAL project, the integration between STM and Maritime Cloud would have been near impossible within the provided project deadlines.'

Rasmus Madsen Jensen - Danish Maritime Authority

CPSE-Labs supported within this experiment directly the development and refinement of the Maritime Architecture Framework. This mean concrete the proof of concept of the MAF as structured approach to discuss, align and integrate maritime cyber-physical system architectures. This was done between the experiment partners and the Design Centre Germany North.

Furthermore, the funding through CPSE-Labs enables to demonstrate the interoperable integration of the MC Portal with the Maritime Cloud in the eMIR Testbed on the e-Navigation underway conference in January 2017:

MC Portal Demonstrator

Impact

The most important impact of the MC Portal experiment was the demonstration about the integration of different cyber-physical approaches in one system-of-systems environment. The MC Portal enables easy access to Maritime Service Registry and Maritime Identity Registry and provide and integrates functionalities of both components: facilitating identity and role management, authentication, encryption, authenticity validation, service discovery. It enables organizations, to register, update and manage own service endpoints as well as provide information about usage, service specifications and technical design for envisioned user in the Maritime Cloud.

Because of those functionalities, the MC Portal is already integrated in the eMaritime Integrated Reference Platform eMIR as well as used the projects EfficienSea2 and STM and a growing number of organizations:

MC Portal Organisations class=

Outputs

Integration as fundamental part in the Maritime Cloud.Experiment partner are member of the Maritime Cloud Development Forum.

MC Portal source code.The source code of the MC Portal is open-source and public available on GitHub.

Manual of the MC Portal.The documentation about the provided functionalities and how to use the MC Portal is available online

Dissemination at e-NAV underway 2017.The MC Portal was fundamental part of an integrated demonstration of e-MIR with the Maritime Cloud and was presented during the conference as part of the Maritime Cloud initiatives. Presentation available online.

References

[1] MSC 85/26, Report Of The Maritime Safety Committee On Its Eighty-Fifth Session, Add. 1, Annex 20, para 1.1, January 2009, Available Online.
Design centre

This experiment is supported by our Germany North design centre

Germany North design centre

Technology platforms

eMIR Logo

Partners

Dates

1st Apr 2016 - 31st Jan 2017
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 2