Updated Mar 30, 2019

Amrita OceanNet - Affordable Internet Access for Marine Fishermen

https://www.amrita.edu/news/amritawna-oceannet-project-receives-us-patent

Sethuraman Rao

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Affordable Internet for Marine Fishermen also enabling Meso-scale Oceanography and Coastal Climate Monitoring and Modelling

Several P2MP Infrastructure networks are stitched together using Ethernet and in some cases, a wireless mesh network (WMN). The primary P2MP network is anchored at the onshore base station. The back-haul technology used is long-range Wi-Fi. The access network is a standard Wi-Fi (802.11n) network onboard the fishing vessel. The fishermen use their smartphones to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Th...
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Several P2MP Infrastructure networks are stitched together using Ethernet and in some cases, a wireless mesh network (WMN). The primary P2MP network is anchored at the onshore base station. The back-haul technology used is long-range Wi-Fi. The access network is a standard Wi-Fi (802.11n) network onboard the fishing vessel. The fishermen use their smartphones to connect to the Wi-Fi network. The fishing vessels in a fishing zone form a cluster and a WMN is formed within the cluster. One or more fishing vessels in the cluster act as gateways to the back-haul network and connect to the upstream base station. One or more fishing vessels in a cluster may also act as mobile base stations. The same vessel can act as both the gateway and the mobile base station if it has two Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) on-board. The CPE can be dynamically reconfigured as gateway or base station and therefore, the CPE is called Adaptive Back-haul Equipment (ABE). Several secondary P2MP networks are formed anchored at each of the mobile base stations. This is how the network range is extended.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We have a pilot deployment on seven trawlers served by one base station on the Kerala coast in India close to our University campus. We are increasing the number of base stations along the coast and rolling the service out to more trawler owners.

Focus Areas:

Communication with Communities, Climate Change and Resilience and Fisheries

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Implemented In:

India

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Country Implemented In
10,000
Customers

Problem

Lack of connectivity to marine fishermen

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Solution

Low-cost Internet access over Wi-Fi to the poor marine fishermen using smartphones they own already. Direct connectivity up to 50 km from the shore which can be increased by 20+ km with each additional hop by using a fishing vessel as a mobile base station. TCP throughput of >500 kbps obtained at the farthest distance enabling Skype and Whatsapp calling and messaging.

Target Beneficiaries

Fishermen and their families, Owners of fishing vessels, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Fisheries Department, The Navy

Mission and Vision

OceanNet enables marine fishermen to stay connected with their families and also the various agencies on land. In addition to ensuring their safety and security, this will also enable them to negotiate the best price with the buyers of their catch while they are still at sea. This will also enable them to use the Internet for educational and entertainment purposes while they are anchored at sea. OceanNet will also enable meso-scale oceanography and coastal weather monitoring and modelling.

Competitive Advantage

The biggest attraction is the low cost, both Capex and Opex. The spectrum is the unlicensed WiFi spectrum. The equipment is also quite cheap. The base station requires a high data-rate up-link to Internet. Since Internet data connections have become very cheap, the Opex is also low. The network is easy configure, manage and trouble-shoot. Further cost reductions are also possible in the future through in-house development, alternative sourcing and of course due to volumes.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We need to do a large-scale pilot involving about 500 fishing vessels and multiple (about five) base stations along the coast.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted20,000
New Implemented CountriesIndia

The Team Behind the Innovation

The leader is Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh. She hails from a fishermen family while at the same time having a strong technical background. She heads the Center for Wireless Networks and Applications at Amrita University. The other members of the team have long years of international experience in both industry and academics - Prof. Sethuraman N Rao (submitter), Dr. Seshaiah Ponnekanti, Dr. Venkat Rangan, Prof. Balaji Hariharan.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Aug 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jan 2018
New Country Implemented In
India

Supporting Materials

A-Novel-Solution-for-High-Speed-Internet-over-the-Oceans-Camera-Ready.pdf
Trawlers-with-Deployed-Equipment.pdf