Leaders in the maritime industry are increasingly finding ways to continue the digital transformations of their fleets, embracing all the advantages that the integration of cloud computing and edge computing have to offer. Vessels can now leverage all of the benefits of edge computing on individual vessels where localized storage and processing is important, while cloud applications can help offload processing intensive tasks and can tie together fleetwide data. Integrating cloud applications with existing on-board edge architectures offers greater efficiency and cost saving than either technology alone. As costs continue to fall and technology continues to advance, building expensive infrastructure is no longer strictly necessary for greater digitalization.
The Swelling Oceanscape of Maritime
According to NSR, commercial maritime as an industry continues to grow in volume, revenue, and in-service units. With that growth comes a growth in digitization as well. NSR predicts that bandwidth capacity will increase tenfold by 2027. The cost of provided internet connectivity onboard ships has also continued to fall. The maritime industry is continuing to embrace the digital ship. While almost all maritime organizations have embraced some amount of connectivity, continued areas of growth have also given rise to challenges for many operators. As ships have increasingly gone digital, constant connectivity is no longer a luxury, it is a requirement.