The MARIOT partnership will develop a satellite-based maritime IoT network and demonstrate selected maritime/Arctic services using our own MARIOT-1 satellite.

Maritime authorities and the global maritime industry have identified a range of needs for safety and navigational services in the form of the e-Navigation strategy anchored under United Nations/IMO. The VDES standard, an extension to the popular AIS technology, has been specified as the new communications channel for e-Navigation. These will form the starting point of the MARIOT project.

The project has set up the following key objectives:

  1. Improve security and efficiency while reducing environmental impact from maritime activities in arctic and other naval waters by enabling novel global coverage e-Navigation services for all ships in all waters.
  2. Develop the first commercial global satellite-based maritime VDE-SAT infrastructure.
  3. Launch the MARIOT-1 satellite to demonstrate selected VDE-SAT e-Navigation services in the arctic.
  4. Develop the satellite system as a scalable blue-print allowing the project partners to provide world-wide commercial e-Navigation products and services.
  5. Build on previous research projects, use international open standards and feed back experience to the research community and standardization groups.

The MARIOT project is a collaboration between six innovative partners, and it is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark.

In the News: Online media coverage of the project can be found here.