The ETSI workshop “Future Evolution of Marine Communication” will take place on 7-8 November 2017, in ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France. This event will investigate how the e-navigation concept and the evolution of GMDSS affect marine radiocommunication and navigation standardization in the mid/long term, taking also into account future requirements in terms of  capacity/rate for data transmission as well as security aspects which are essential for improving maritime safety. 


E-navigation can be defined as the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment. The idea of e-navigation is to require marine traffic to be regulated and controlled much as air traffic is by Air Traffic Control.  It is envisaged that e-navigation will play a major role in the future development and evolution of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

The workshop will investigate how the e-navigation concept and the evolution of GMDSS affect marine radiocommunication and navigation standardization in the mid/long term, taking also into account future requirements in terms of  capacity/rate for data transmission as well as security aspects which are essential for improving maritime safety.

This is an essential event for all professionals working on the development of eNavigation, or for organizations with an interest in the development and standardization of an integrated eNavigation system.

Participation to the workshop is open to all and free of charge upon registration.

Why attend?

This workshop will raise awareness about ETSI’s role in current and future maritime standardization. The aim is to inform, disseminate and exchange information about future intelligent maritime transport systems and technologies focusing on:

  • e-navigation and its impact on standardization
  • the evolution of GMDSS
  • standardization needs in maritime radiocommunication & navigation
  • technology evolution for maritime communication services
  • the attractiveness of future network technologies (e.g. LTE)
  • Search and Rescue new technologies (e.g. Galileo RLS enabled MEOSAR constellation)

Target Audience

This event is of particular interest to:

  • Manufacturers
  • Users
  • Industry and maritime transport organizsations
  • Administrations including coastguard agencies
  • Maritime agencies
  • Policy makers
  • Universities & research institutes
  • International organizations involved in maritime standardization

Programme Commitee

  • Pete Hizzey, Chair of ETSI TG26, ICOM
  • Andrea Lorelli, Technical Officer, ETSI
  • Andy Little, Raymarine
  • Mark Swale, Marine Rescue Technology
  • Paul Bigwood,Yaesu

Day 1: Tuesday 7 November 2017

Workshop Chairman: Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM

08:30 Check-in/registration opens
09:00 Opening of the workshop & Welcome address
Michael Sharpe, Director Spectrum and Equipment Regulation, Operations, ETSI
09:10 GMDSS modernisation and e-navigation: spectrum needs
Karlis Bogens, ITU-R
09:50 Technology evolution  for future radiocommunication and navigation
Frances Baskerville & Richard Doherty, Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM)
10:30 Networking Coffee Break
11:00 The Digital Interface for E-Navigation Era
Steve Spitzer IMEA/NMEA
11:40 Radiocommunication and navigation standardization for the future: where we are and next steps
Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
12:20 Networking Lunch break
14:00 The evolution of DSC in the Maritime Radiocommunication systems for the future
Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
14:30 Radar evolution for (inland waterways) navigation
Mario Walterfang, Traffic Technologies Centre (FVT), German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration
15:00 VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) in the context of e-navigation and modernization of GMDSS
Malcolm Lyman, CML Microcircuits
15:30 Networking Coffee Break
16:00 The AEOLIX project
Peter Schmitting, ERTICO ITS-EUROPE
16:30 EUCISE2020 project
Patrizia Sacco, Italian Space Agency - Bernhard Wehner, Federal German Maritime Safety and Security Consortium

Panel Discussion: Technology advances and retro compatibility
Moderator: Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM


  • Malcolm Lyman, CML Microcircuits
  • Patrizia Sacco, Italian Space Agency
  • Peter Schmitting, ERTICO
  • Steve Spitzer IMEA/NMEA
  • Mario Walterfang, Traffic Technologies Centre (FVT), German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration
  • Bernhard Wehner, Federal German Maritime Safety and Security Consortium
17:30 Day 1 Wrap-Up
17:45-19:00 Networking Cocktail 


Day 2: Wednesday 8 November 2017

Workshop Chairman: Pete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM

09:00 3GPP and broadband communication applied to Critical Communication
Erik Guttman, Chairman of 3GPP Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group, Samsung Electronics
09:30 Maritime communication services over 3GPP systems
Hyounhee Koo, SyncTechno Inc.
10:00 Low-latency broadband communication between vessels and port landside: perspectives and challenges
Paolo Pagano, CNIT
10:30 Networking Coffee Break
11:00 Broadband ship-to-ship communication
David Hagen, Kongsberg Seatex AS
11:30 Future satellite communications for maritime
Dana Jongens, Inmarsat

Panel discussion: Broadband communication & navigation: impact on standardization
Moderator: Steve Spitzer, IMEA/NMEA


  • Erik Guttman, Chairman of 3GPP Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group, Samsung Electronics
  • David Hagen, Kongsberg Seatex AS
  • Dana Jongens, Inmarsat
  • Hyounhee Koo, SyncTechno Inc.
  • Paolo Pagano, CNIT
12:30 Wrap-Up session
13:00  End of the workshop & Sandwich lunch

ETSI Headquarters
650 Route des Lucioles
06921 Sophia Antipolis cedex
Tel: +33 4 92 94 42 00

Details of how to get to ETSI, local transport and hotels

The workshop's attendees will have the opportunity to visit the following table-top demo.  The table-top exhibit space is adjacent to the networking break area and will be visited during the networking coffee and lunch breaks.

Airbridge gateway with TitaniumX software controlling 4 LTE connections to shore, presented by Larsen Morten, AnyWi Technologies BV

The new Airbridge line of marine gateways with TitaniumX software equips medium-to-large ships with internet connections to shore, to use for official duties or leisure as preferred, as well as for infotainment on passenger ships. Technically, it unifies multiple 3G/LTE connections with optional VSAT backup via a multipath-TCP (MPTCP). This mixes the single underlying connections, managing them based on latencies and throughput. Hence, there is no "switching" between single connections, but rather a gradual shift from one to the other as the vessel moves and conditions change. The ship's owner or operator can impose rules on mobile networks that the gateway will connect to allow a more fine-grained quality management. This unified connection provides a single link independent of the underlying mobile or satellite connections used, ensuring that mission critical applications from shore to vessel only need to connect to one endpoint, independent of the vessel's position and operational state. Current development includes extending the basic MPTCP path management functionality to also consider available meta-information about connection quality in the path management algorithm. AnyWi will display an Airbridge gateway with four LTE modules providing internet via a WiFi access point to demonstrate local connectivity.


Frances Baskerville, Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM)
Frances Baskerville is Secretary General of Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM), the principal international association for marine electronics companies. Frances brings a uniquely diverse background to CIRM.  She has worked in many different business sectors and, after joining CIRM in 2004, she was appointed Secretary General in 2013. Focussing on delivering value to the membership, the organization has doubled in size over the last five years and under her guidance the Secretariat provides its members comprehensive technical and regulatory support. Frances sits on the Steering Committee of the e-Navigation Underway series of conferences, and is President-Elect of the Anchorites.

bogensKarlis Bogens, Head, Fixed and Mobile Services Division, the Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
Karlis Bogens, Head, Fixed and Mobile Services Division, Radiocommunication Bureau of ITU has more than 25 years of experience in radiocommunications. He is an expert in the international regulatory frameworks and processes of terrestrial radiocommunication services. Karlis Bogens has extensive experience in the application of the Radio Regulations, the work of World Radiocommunication Conferences since 1995 as well as ITU-R Working Parties and Study Groups. He is deeply involved in collaboration with IMO and IALA concerning spectrum management of maritime radiocommunications. He is a co-secretary of the Joint IMO/ITU Experts Group since 2008.
Prior to joining the ITU, Karlis Bogens worked in the Administration of Latvia. He managed various development projects, including improvement of the national radiomonitoring system, establishment of the National Radio Allocation Table and actively participated in the work of the ITU and CEPT. Karlis Bogens obtained the PhD in radiocommunications in 2002 from the Technical University in Riga.

Eusebiu CatanaEusebiu Catana, ERTICO-ITS Europe
Eusebiu is pioneer in the development of telematics services and intelligent transport and logistics services in Europe and USA with about 20 years technical expertise. He was involved since the beginning of his career in the first ground-breaking projects in the telematics domains such as On-Star project in USA and  Voertuig Telematica project in Europe, just two examples. Then he continued with other important projects for transport and logistics digitalisation as DATEX, TRIDENT, OTAP that gave the trend in the telematics, data exchange services covering the transport digitisation and standardisation. He has received the “Bext XML award in Europe for ITS development”, Munchen from the IT industry in 2002. He is leading at European Level the team 1-transport interoperability within the DTLF (Digital Transport and Logistics Forum) in order to build a common vision and a technical road map for digital transport and logistics at EU level. At ERTICO-ITS Europe he is coordinating CO-GISTICS and AEOLIX projects.Eusebiu has got his PhD.Eng in telematics and his postgraduate master in industrial management-domain logistics and transport from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

dohertyRichard Doherty, Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM)
Richard Doherty is Deputy Secretary General and Chief Technical Officer of Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM). His 9 years in the maritime industry have included both technical and commercial roles, and he has worked in software development, product management, and business development. Richard regularly participates in IMO meetings on behalf of CIRM, and he is a contributor to IALA and IEC Technical Committee 80. He is responsible for coordinating CIRM’s technical effort and he leads the organization’s Technical Office. He sits on the Executive Board of the EfficienSea2 project, is chair of the CIRM/BIMCO Joint Working Group on Software Maintenance, and is a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN).

guttmanErik Guttman, Chairman of 3GPP Service and System Aspects, TSC, Samsung Electronics
Erik Guttman, employed by Samsung Electronics, has been actively involved in networking and telecommunications standardization for over 20 years. He currently serves as the 3GPP Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group Chairman. Preceding this, he held the position of 3GPP System Architecture working group for two terms. He has also chaired and actively contributed to numerous IETF working groups including SVRLOC (Service Location Protocol) and ZEROCONF (Zero Configuration Networking). Erik's background includes leading research and product development projects that introduced emerging network application and system functions to operating environments. Erik developed frameworks and tools for distributed installation, testing and deployment. Erik served Chief Technical Officers as system architect and requirements researcher. Erik obtained a BA in Philosophy and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

HAGENDavid Møller Hagen, Kongsberg Seatex
David Møller Hagen is the project manager for the maritime broadband radio technology platform and products arising from this, at Kongsberg Seatex in Norway. One of the latest achievements is the new MBR ETSI standard for a long-range ship-to-ship communication system and a realization of a product range of real-time phased array smart antennas compliant with the standard. At Kongsberg Seatex, a Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary, David has been involved in worldwide customer support, engineering tasks and research and development, working with positioning reference systems and microwave communication systems. In 2006 David received his Master of Science with studies in space technology with specialization on electronics and telecommunication from Narvik University College.

hizzeyPete Hizzey, Chairman of ETSI TG26, ICOM
Research Manager with Icom Incorporated since 1992, with responsibility for any technological or legislative issues related to EU product certification. Chairman of ETSI TG26 Task Group for Maritime and Radioamateur standards since 2004 and active participant in DSC working groups both at IEC and ITU-R level.

Dana JongensDana Jongens, Inmarsat
Dana Jongens is Safety Services Manager at Inmarsat Maritime, responsible for ensuring Inmarsat's consistent high standards for the provision of satellite communication for maritime safety, including Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS). As part of her role Dana will support the application of FleetBroadband and Fleet One for GMDSS compliance. Dana is also involved in Inmarsat’s cyber security service Fleet Secure, where she will support the go to market plan for the new unified threat management solution. Dana has over 8 years of experience in the maritime industry and before joining Inmarsat Dana held business development and marketing positions at various organisations within the port of Rotterdam and London. Dana has a Master’s degree in Intern, ational Business from Tilburg University and studied at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. She resides in the United Kingdom and is based at Inmarsat’s London headquarters.

Hyounde KooHyounhee Koo, SyncTechno Inc
Hyounhee Koo is the co-founder of SyncTechno Inc., a research and development firm that carries out projects and businesses related to both local and global standardization activities, and enables IoT converged services by developing software technologies in the fields of public safety and the maritime domain. Ms. Koo is the rapporteur of 3GPP stage 1 study item FS_MARCOM, that develops use cases and potential requirements on maritime communication services over 3GPP system including IMO MSPs. In addition, MS. Koo is involved in 3GPP standard activities related to public safety for authority to authority communication over 3GPP system.
Previously, Ms. Koo worked for LG Electronics and then Samsung Electronics in the field of mobile communications including 3GPP standard activities since she graduated from Graduate School of Seoul National University with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in early  2002.

Larsen MortenMorten Larsen, AnyWi Technologies BV
Morten Larsen works with engineering of advanced software solutions with the user at the centre of the design. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering in 1994 from the Technical University of Denmark, and has since worked as a consultant on topics ranging from interactive training in the air transport domain (ATC and flight crews), alongside more traditional software work. After joining AnyWi, he focuses on the development of communication gateways that exploit multiple communication channels to enhance overall reliability and quality for users on large vessels and other vehicles."

Malcolm LymanMalcolm Lyman, CML Microcircuits
Malcolm Lyman is the Marketing Manager of CML Microcircuits and has worked more than 30 years in the Wireless Communications industry. He has been involved in standards organisations and major communications companies defining and developing innovative wireless communications solutions for both the wireless voice and wireless data systems.

paganoPaolo Pagano, CNIT / Livorno Port Authority Lab Facilities
Dr. Paolo Pagano received his Ph.D. degree in High Energy Physics from Trieste University having worked for the COMPASS collaboration at CERN (Geneva, CH). In 2004 he was affiliated at Bonn University (D). In 2006 he received a Master in Information Technology from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa (I). From 2009 he is leading Networks of Embedded Systems area at the CNIT National Laboratory of Photonic Networks in Pisa (see and 
From 2013 he is the CNIT representative at the Livorno Port Authority. From October 2015 he is the director of a joint (CNIT / Livorno Port Authority) laboratory on advanced sensing and networking in sea ports. He is responsible of research grants in the domain of Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Plants. He is participating to the standardization committees in ISO, ETSI and recently in AIOTI. He co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed papers to international journals and conferences.

SACCOPatricia Sacco, Italian Space Agency
Mrs Patrizia Sacco graduated in Physics from the University of Bari. She then proceeded with a University Master in "Technologies for Space Remote Sensing", also from the University of Bari, and a PHD in "Environmental Engineering" from the University of Basilicata.
Her work experience started with a Small Medium Enterprise specializing as a service and technology provider for the Earth Observation Sector. Then she joined the Italian Space Agency where she has been working in the COSMO-SkyMed Mission Management Division for three years. Currently she's working in the Telecommunications and Navigation division giving support to the management of CLOSEYE and EUCISE2020 EU projects.

SchmittingPeter Schmitting, ERTICO-ITS Europe
Peter is expert in the testing of high-end telecommunications systems and in the integration and validation of the test specifications using state of the art testing methodologies. Peter has worked for more than 20 years in standardisation, namely for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute ETSI where he developed test specifications for a multitude of technologies ranging from traditional telecommunications to intelligent transport systems. Since 2014, Peter has taken on both technical and project management tasks for ERTICO ITS Europe in Belgium.  This includes work in the R&D project AEOLIX focused on the creation of an Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange for logistics services.

Steve Spitzer, National Marine Electronics Association, International Marine Electronics Alliance
 As Director of Standards for 13 years, Steve manages, coordinates and publishes the worldwide digital interface standards, of NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 and OneNet. Steve has been involved in the marine electronics industry for 35 years.  Steve’s marine experiences began with ICOM America 1982.  After ICOM, Steve went to Heart Interface, the inverter/battery charger company where he was Vice President for the marine market.  As NMEA/IMEA Director of Standards, Steve collaborates with a global myriad of adjacent standards organizations, such as American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), Bluetooth Special Interest Group, British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association, GMDSS Task Force, International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), Marine Electronics Industry Promotion Association of South Korea, (MEIPA) RTCM, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is a working member of IEC, Working Groups 6, 15, and 17.  Steve lives and works in Bellingham Washington with his wife for 41 years and has 4 grandchildren.

Mario WalterfangMario Walterfang, Traffic Technologies Centre (FVT)
Mario Walterfang received his diploma as a radio engineer in 1994. Since 1994 he has been working for the Traffic Technologies Centre (FVT) within the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration. He was engaged in the field of Differential GNSS systems, VHF communication and AIS. Since 2012 he is senior radar expert and head of the radar laboratory of FVT. He is responsible for the type approval of inland navigation radar equipment. Mario Walterfang is member of various inland standardization groups.


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