The aim of SIMONA project is to provide an information platform that based on the integration of satellite and terrestrial data can both complement and enhance existing Maritime situation awareness services operated by Italian Coast Guard and Navy over a wide area of the Mediterranean Sea and at the same time provide space-based services bringing functional advantages to private stakeholders like Merchant ships Insurance Companies and leisure boat users.
The technological key is represented by the integration of services from Earth Observation sensors (mainly Cosmo SkyMed Copernicus Landsat and WorldView) Satellite Communications (Orbcom or Iridium) Satellite Navigation (GPS EGNOS Galileo in the future) along with information andor operational services coming from other Institutional (AIS Cadastral Data) andor Private assets (Merchant Ship databases Port Info databases).
The following users/stakeholders will be involved in the Demonstration Project:
Their active participation in the Project will be realized within:
Validation of the business model.
The User needs targeted by SIMONA can be grouped in the following six macro areas:
Based on the Information Platform, SIMONA will provide the following services:
SIMONA Information Platform will provide the users with services that leverage on EO, GNSS and SATCOM Satellite Assets both enabling users to optimize performance on existing operations, and increasing their capacity with information specifically elaborated.
EO is required for:
GNSS is required to:
SATCOM is required for:
Limits in ships and vessels traffic monitoring capacities by responsible Authorities, due to Common Operational Picture constrained to mandatory traffic monitoring systems (like AIS) and not taking advantage of both EO elaborations, and of small vessels traffic and collaborative skills, or commercial ships on-board radar data; this reflects in a non-optimal capacity to monitor sea areas and manage related activities, both in terms of effectiveness of interventions and in terms of resources consumption.
Limits to market competitiveness of Insurance Brokers in the sector related to leisure boats users, due to low acceptance by them of UBI-like (Usage Based Insurance-like) products, implying also limited capacities of risk management by the Insurance Companies.
Easy access to safety-critical timely geo-referenced information (Authorities-generated local ordinances, or crowd-sourced hazard alerts).
Limited capacity of monitoring of Oil Spill events by maritime Shipping Companies in relation to events involving their ships, due to only eye-based procedures.
Limits to market competitiveness of maritime Shipping Companies in relation to trades to risky remote harbours, due to unreliable or absent information on current situation of handling in the harbour.
After the Phase 2 Kick Off, the Consortium was involved in the production of the detailed system design and the preliminary test plan and procedures. Moreover the Consortium produced a Dissemination Plan to stage a SIMONA promotion strategy and an exploitation plan.
The FAT of the first increment of SIMONA was held successfully on November 25 and the related SAT is scheduled mid December.