Maritime VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) - Development Status, Opportunities and Challenges, Applications Perspectives


The World Radio Conference 2015 has approved digitalization of VHF communication by allocating some of the existing frequencies for a new data communications system known as the VHF Data Exchange System (VDES), this is an extension to current AIS services. There is on-going work towards WRC 2019 to allocate channels for two way VHF data communications via satellite.  

ESA has been actively supporting the allocation of VDES spectrum for satellite reception and transmission as well as the utilisation of the VDES for applications such as navigation augmentation systems. 


This workshop aims to provide an overview of the current status of the VDES development, regulatory aspects, potential maritime applications (e-Navigation) as well as planned or on-going pilot activities.

The workshop will be collocated with the IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouses) e-Navigation working group meeting hosted at ESTEC from 15 to 19 of January.

Final Programme (Tuesday 16 January 2018)

Tentative Time Line


8:00 - 9:00

Arrive at ESTEC and access site (on-line pre-registration is mandatory)

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome and Opening Keynote (ESA)

9:30 - 11:00

Session 1: Current Status VDES Technology Developments and Standards

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: Future VDES Frequency Allocations, Opportunities and Challenges

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30

Session 3: VDES Applications and Utilisation Perspectives

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:00

Session 4: VDES Concept Verifications and Trials

17:00 - 17:15

Workshop Closing Remarks (ESA)

17:15 - 18:00

Social Event (TBC)

You can now download the full agenda here:
VDES-Workshop at ESTEC 16Jan2018.pdf

How to Participate

The participation in the workshop is open to all interested parties. There is no registration fee applicable to the event.  However, the registration to attend the event is mandatory in order to access to the ESTEC site.

Important Note: On-line registration is mandatory. No on-site registration is possible.



The venue for the workshop is Newton Auditorium located in ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, the Netherlands.  

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09 November 2017
Last updated at 12 January 2018 - 09:12