The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has successfully delivered a public cloud-based solution to allow NATO and non-NATO organisations and vessels to share maritime awareness information on an easily-accessible platform following a request from Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM). The project has been in production since January 2016, and was finally delivered for the NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) use in April 2020.
This open system gives MARCOM the possibility to easily contact different actors at sea – NATO and non-NATO nations, Law Enforcement Agencies, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), shipping companies and more. Based on a user-friendly Office 365 platform, it has more than 20 applications like Teams, Outlook, Chat, Shared Calendar and Share Point. Moreover, MARCOM cyber experts along with NCIA have made sure that strict security measures keep the network safe. Initially, 500 active users can join but it can be expanded if required.
The solution also addresses a problem common to the maritime environment: low bandwidth. The platform enables people on board a vessel to continue to work even when the connection doesn't hit the minimum bandwidth. They will be able to continue to work offline, and the data will be synchronized when the ship finds a better connection.
NATO and non-NATO organizations alike can access the platform using any internet-connected device. With this new capability, NATO has unlocked the ability to share information easily with non-NATO partners at sea. Cloud-based solutions are the key to building NATO's future: a future that is smarter, faster and more collaborative than ever before.
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