ARIADNA

Maritime Assisted Volumetric Navigation System

The ARIADNA project aimed at developing an innovative navigation solution for improving traffic management of vessels to reduce human errors in navigation and to improve the efficiency and safety. The system intented to help to reduce collisions and to better estimate risks of navigation on channels, inland waterways, port areas and other areas with high traffic volume. ARIADNA was based on the implementation of the Volumetric Navigation System (VNS) concept. A VNS started with great interest in new traffic navigation solutions considering certain scenarios in which all the vehicles share information in order to be part of a collaborative navigation network. In those scenarios, 3D volume dimensions were used to define the position of an associated volumetric envelope in time. In the maritime navigation the “volume” of the ship is the envelope of the ship after a given time. 

Horizontal dimensions of this ship’s envelope would consider his current speed and also from his extreme stopping and manoeuvring capabilities from the given speed and load, and correction for the drift due to local measured wind and mapped currents. 

The project consisted of the following tasks:
Users Requirements definition
 System Engineering
 System development and Integration
 System Implementation
 Dissemination and Exploitation The goal was the development from innovative navigation solutions for the avoidance of human errors in ship navigation by support when manoeuvering and by purposeful warnings of dangers. The system is to avoid collisions and to help to measure risks for ships in channels, inland waterways, port ranges and zones with high density of traffic.

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