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1. (WO2017037510) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL NETWORKS FROM MARITIME VESSELS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/037510    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2015/056722
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Sep 04 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: H04W 4/04
H04W 48/18
Applicants: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
Inventors: VALENTINE, Eric Lee
SUNDSTEDT, Bo
SWARDH, Richard
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL NETWORKS FROM MARITIME VESSELS
Abstract:
A system and method for communication with external networks from maritime vessels. In one embodiment, a communication manager is operable with a first access network onboard a first maritime vessel in communication with first vessel onboard communication devices and is in communication with a corresponding communication manager operable with a second access network onboard a second maritime vessel that communicates with second vessel onboard communication devices. The communication manager assembles communication parameters including knowledge of a current state of communications onboard the first and second maritime vessels, knowledge of proximity of and access to a plurality of external networks to the first maritime vessel, and communication rules associated with the external networks. The communication manager selects a first external network based on the communication parameters for communication with the first maritime vessel to the second vessel onboard communication devices over a transport network between the first and second access networks.