R-Mode Baltic 2
As the Baltic Sea is known for frequent shipping accidents like groundings, collisions and other types of accidents, the challenge was to prevent and minimise the accidents´ frequency. The causes of the accidents are partly related to human-driven failures and partly to technical inefficiencies. The maritime users expressed their need in more optimal solutions to ensure more accurate positioning, navigation, and time information.
While navigating, the ships need to ensure safety when the established Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) fail due to interference or jamming. A technical system that would allow for safe ship navigation under these conditions was lacking. Signal disturbances would cause wrong positioning or temporary outages of the GNSS positioning equipment. The forerunner project R-Mode Baltic tackled the challenges related to disturbances and developed a new independent of GNSS system that would allow a safe and more accurate positioning.
R-Mode Baltic 2 launched a long-term evaluation of the test bed for a terrestrial positioning system called ranging mode (R-Mode), and to this end equipped ships with R-Mode ready receivers and maritime applications from the R-Mode Baltic project.
0.00MillionEni + Russia
The navigation in the Southern Baltic Sea is safer and more reliable thanks to the R-Mode (Ranging Mode) test bed and its extension in the R-Mode Baltic 2 project. During the 9-month project duration, the project team developed its R-Mode research receiver platforms further so that it meets the requirements of national maritime administrations for the monitoring of the R-Mode transmitters. It will enable real-time calibration of an R-Mode station and supports experiments for self-synchronisation.
Furthermore, the first step from a contingency towards a backup system was put into practice, completely independent of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) operation. Static and dynamic measurements were used to evaluate the R-Mode system and service performance over several months by the project. With these results, a further evaluation of the R-Mode system performance can take place, which would allow for its increased accuracy and independence from GNSS.
Report on R-Mode Baltic testbed extension, evaluation, synchronisation and standardisation
Monitor stations for R-Mode transmitter
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
- RegionMecklenburgische Seenplatte
- RepresentativeStefan Gewies
German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration
- RegionKiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
- RepresentativeMichael Hoppe
Swedish Maritime Administration
- RegionÖstergötlands län
- RepresentativeJesper Bäckstedt
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
- RegionKiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
- RepresentativeTobias Ehlers
National Institute of Telecommunications
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
- RegionVästra Götalands län
- RepresentativeCarsten Rieck
- RegionSkåne län
- RepresentativePer Gustafson
Kongsberg Seatex AS
- RepresentativeCato Giil Eliassen
NavSim Poland Ltd.
- RepresentativeJacek Pietraszkiewicz