IPPA Project

The Innovative Portable Pilot Assistance (IPPA) project was a 2.78MEuro project part funded by the European Community in the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5).

The project sought to develop and validate an advanced prototype ‘carry on board’ pilot equipment that was to be able to receive data from a wide range of sources, including other vessel's and shore-based AIS, River Information Services (RIS) centre, Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centre, and other relevant authorities. Using the track, environmental and other data, together with its stored data, it was to be able to display a comprehensive traffic image. The equipment was to meet the user's needs, be standalone and function autonomously. With a variety of communications interfaces, the equipment was also to be capable of transmitting back to a VTS centre data required for traffic and port management. The effect of this would be to improve both navigational safety, reduce voice radio communications and provide a beneficial impact on the efficiency of traffic flow. Interoperability with AIS was to be a key requirement and the project sought to include compatibility between sea and inland waterways users and other non-SOLAS vessels.

The project, which started in November 2000, and of 28 month duration was completed at the end of February 2003.

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