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Newsblog 11 

Rostock - 06.11.2019 

Dear readers,


Welcome to our 10th Newsblog from Lakeshore Operations GmbH.

IT technology has progressed so far in recent years that it does not have to worry much about the individual components that make up a well-functioning IP infrastructure. The basis for this is still the IP network. It consists of copper and fiber optic cables that connect the network components, the servers and the frontend devices. This also includes the WiFi network, which plays a major role in the connection of mobile devices.


Are modern cruise ships floating IT landscapes?


... Ships are something fascinating - whether it's a big cruise ship, a luxurious mega yacht or a huge tanker or container ship. People wave to the ships and everyone dreams of traveling on a beautiful cruise ship ...

So that guests can enjoy all the conveniences on board a luxury liner during their journey, a lot of technology is planned during the design of the ship, with the help of which the ship is navigated and automated. Especially the area of communication and infotainment plays a big role for the guest.

Today it goes without saying that the guest can make calls from the cabin phone or with his smart phone on and below deck into the world. Email and Internet access are required on the ships as standard. SmartTV is used to call up films of the highest digital quality and place orders in the boardshop. You can also book the next cruise or the excursions offered on board.


All these possibilities are possible only through the installation of technical solutions that are particularly suited to the requirements of the ship operator and the classification societies. 

Is there a network for all things?


Technically, a cruise ship is a large, medium-sized enterprise with thousands of data ports that share the most diverse information across the network. On a modern cruise ship, there are several thousand IP phones, SmartTVs, digital signage systems, WLAN antennas, CCTV cameras, POS systems, etc., which require more than 10,000 data ports on a modern cruise liner.

Thus, the digital IP network on ships has become today's basis for the transmission of communication data. The basis for this is the cable-based infrastructure, which is supplemented by the expansion of WLAN hotspots.

When planning ship networks, the transmission bandwidth provided to the frontends (Mbits/sec.), as well as the network topology used plays an important role. In the context of topology, the network availability is an important issue. The higher the availability, the more effort must be made in the topology. One therefore switches from conventional star topology to convergent networks.


Which topology offers the best price / performance ratio?


One keyword here is the “Convergent Meshed Network”. The advantage of this topology in comparison to the conventional star topology lies not only in the high integration density of the various systems, but also in the savings of up to 50% of the communication cables (glass fiber and copper) in the front and back end area as well as savings of up to 30% in costs for the active network components, and ultimately to simplify overall network management and reduce weight, support, and maintenance efforts.

The research leading to this result was obtained from the Sevens Framework Program of the European Communities (FP7 / 2007) under Agreement No 233980.

Research has also shown that both Fire Detection Systems and Public Address Systems can be operated on a physical network with guaranteed availability of 99.99999% on a physical network, resulting in further savings of Cable and installation costs leads.


Exciting for you!

The Lakeshore Operations GmbH is a software house, which was founded in 2016 to support companies in the digitization processes. We can draw on more than 20 years of experience. With IT experts from Rostock and Hamburg as well as programmers from Poland, Lakeshore Operations GmbH has a powerful team to support large or small companies in their IT or software projects.


Which way do you want to go?

Have you decided to bring your company up to date with digital progress? Do you want to find the right solutions so that you can shorten your work processes? Then you are exactly right here.
This will enable you to overtake your competitors and secure a place in the market. It is not the big one who eats the little one, but the fast one who eats the slow ones.

We wish you much success!


Best regards

Jürgen Möller & Gunnar Bock



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