Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) announced the publication of a new document “Guidelines on Shipboard Wireless LAN Systems”. This is in response to increasing calls for being able to use wireless IP phones, remote wireless cameras, and wireless personal computers onboard ship as such systems become more popular.
Many benefits can be expected to result from converting present shipboard wired LAN systems to wireless systems, including reduced weight and simplification of equipment arrangement, especially when expanding the LAN systems. Since the concept of a highly scalable wireless LAN concept for use onboard cargo ships was proposed in the spring of 2008, ClassNK has been working on the development of the Guidelines on Shipboard Wireless LAN Systems.
The guidelines have been prepared as a reference for those considering installing wireless LAN systems onboard ship as well as for those involved in the actual design of such systems. As such, the guidelines introduce terminology, required standards and specifications, applicable requirements, system design information, procedures for shipboard tests, as well maintenance and application examples.
The guidelines will be available for downloading from the ClassNK website.