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River Information Services

Description:

River Information Services (RIS) are information technology (IT) related services designed to optimise traffic and transport processes in inland navigation, i.e. to enhance a swift electronic data transfer between water and shore through in-advance and real-time exchange of information. RIS aims to streamline the exchange of information between waterway operators and users. Since 2005, an EU framework directive provides minimum requirements to enable crossborder compatibility of national systems.

River Information Services are based on the four RIS Key Technologies, i.e. Notice to Skippers, Inland AIS, Inland ECDIS and Electronic Ship Reporting. The relation between the RIS Services and RIS Key Technologies is shown in the figure below.

ALSIC is involved the different expert groups as Notice to Skippers, Electronic Ship Reporting, Inland AIS and Inland ECDIS. These expert groups take the lead to define the technical specifications for the European Standard concerning RIS Key Technologies.

ALSIC is reponsible for different studies, consultancty assignments and implementations concerning River Information Services and RIS Key Technologies. Such as: 

  • Study for the Implementation of RIS, based on the existing systems and their functionalities, for the Westerscheldt River (RIS GNB) for the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN) - BET organization.
  • Consultancy assignment concerning project support and follow-up for the implementation of the RIS functionalities in the different existing systems of the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN). The implementation is supported by an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), which forms the broker for the data-exchange between the different systems.
  • Extending the website www.vts-scheldt.net of the Westerscheldt River (RIS GNB) for the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN) to a RIS – FIS Portal.
  • Development of an AIS-XML converter for the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN). This makes it possible that the different systems of the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN) can communicate with the Inland AIS network via an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in a XML format without knowing the details of typical protocols like NMEA or the ins and outs of the Inland AIS network.
  • Realization of Notice to Skippers based on the EU standard 416/2007 for the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN – RIS GNB). The realization contained a study to define how the existing messages like BASS (Messages for the Scheldt Traffic) and SSB (Scheldt Traffic Message) can be automatically converted in to Notice to Skippers messages. The implementation of NtS messages was done through the RIS-FIS Portal of RIS GNB (SRN).
  • Realization of Notice to Skippers based on the EU standard 416/2007 for the Flemish waterway authorities “nv De Scheepvaart” and “Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV”. The realization contained a study to define how Notice to Skippers can be integrated in the existing organizations and their methods of distributing information to the skippers. The study was followed by the implementation through a web application, http://nts.flaris.be, running on a cluster solution which is geographically separated.
  • Realization of a Calamity Abatement Support system, C@LRIS, based on the four RIS Key Technologies for the Flemish waterway authorities “Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV” and “nv De Scheepvaart”. The realization contained a study to define the Vision Statement, gather information of the Primary and Secondary Stakeholder, integration of electronic emergency plans, …. The study was followed by the implementation through a web application, running on a cluster solution which is geographically separated.
  • The existing AIS Maritime network of the Scheldt Radar Network (SRN – RIS GNB) was extended to an Inland AIS network based on the EU standard 415/2007. The information of the Inland AIS network can be integrated in the different applications of RIS GNB via the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and the AIS-XML converter.

Interesting links:

http://www.ccr-zkr.org
http://www.ris.eu/index.php
http://ienc.openecdis.org



Keywords: RISCASNtSERIAIS
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