From the 22th July to the 24th July the La Maddalena Marine Park has hosted the MEDUSE demonstration trials. The main goal of the MEDUSE demonstration trials was to assess, for each MEDUSE service, the potential benefits for the end users by testing the service in a real operational scenario. The trials allowed identifying operational constraints and/or service enhancements that, once implemented, will make the system closer to the real user needs.

 

In this article we provide a small summary with snapshots collected during the demo execution of the most representative scenarios demonstrated.

Access Control – Park Visitors

This scenario aims at assessing the access control capabilities of the system. Access control is a duty of the marine park surveillance personnel and usually involves approaching boats at sea to verify whether the user has a regular entry permit or has paid the ticket.

The screenshot shows the Android application used from Marine Control Body personnel. The application shows park zones and a vessel that accessed a forbidden zone and made a violation (red icon). 

The screenshot shows the Android application used from Marine Control Body personnel. The application shows park zones and a vessel that accessed a forbidden zone and made a violation (red icon).


The system stores positions collected within park zones, the MEDUSE Web Portal allows to visualize the history of the positions collected in a configurable time interval. 

The system stores positions collected within park zones, the MEDUSE Web Portal allows to visualize the history of the positions collected in a configurable time interval.

 The violations and the accesses are correctly registered in the system and can be retrieved and visualized using the MEDUSE Web Portal. 

The violations and the accesses are correctly registered in the system and can be retrieved and visualized using the MEDUSE Web Portal.

 

Access Control – Touristic boats

This scenario demonstrates how MEDUSE can support the park managers in controlling the access to the park by tour operators. Tourist boats shall respect a strict schedule for their tour and must follow a specific path during the visit. MEDUSE provides park managers with the following functions:

  • Planning touristic boats itinerary and schedule.
  • Generating alerts that are sent to the MEDUSE SCC and to the closer park surveillance boat in case a touristic boat is out of schedule or stopped in an unauthorized place

 Using the MEDUSE Web portal has been configured a touristic itinerary and associated to a specific fleet 

Using the MEDUSE Web portal has been configured a touristic itinerary and associated to a specific fleet

The tour has been downloaded from the Android application for tour operators. The tour itinerary is displayed with associated area of tolerance for each tour stop  

The tour has been downloaded from the Android application for tour operators. The tour itinerary is displayed with associated area of tolerance for each tour stop

 

Pay-Per-Use and Law Enforcement Services

The demo scenario is composed by a series of continuous test cases that demonstrate the capability of the MEDUSE MAMa application to provide Pay Per Use and Law Enforcement services for the PNALM park area.

The VTCB MEDUSE Web Portal shows the park zones drawn for demo trials. In the image is shown a vessel that made an infraction and two regular vessels. The violating vessel sent a certified position (EGNOS). 

The VTCB MEDUSE Web Portal shows the park zones drawn for demo trials. In the image is shown a vessel that made an infraction and two regular vessels. The violating vessel sent a certified position (EGNOS).

 Payment has been correctly calculated. Details about the vessel can be visualized from the portal.

Payment has been correctly calculated. Details about the vessel can be visualized from the portal.

 Violations are listed in the VTCB MEDUSE WEB Portal.

Violations are listed in the VTCB MEDUSE WEB Portal.

 An e-mail is sent to the violating user if an infraction was registered. The mail shows details of the infraction.

An e-mail is sent to the violating user if an infraction was registered. The mail shows details of the infraction.

Speed-Limit.

This scenario aims at checking the capability of the system to identify violations relative to speed limits. A certified position (using EGNOS) allows being confident on the position accuracy and protection level.

 The image shows the message, received from the violating user, that communicates the speed limit violation details.

The image shows the message, received from the violating user, that communicates the speed limit violation details.

 

LBS Service provision.

This scenario aims at assessing the capability of the system to support the provisioning of Location Based Services at sea by (possibly) third party commercial operators.

LBS-1 LBS-2 LBS-3 

The service provision procedure has been correctly executed during the test. The screenshots are taken by the Marine Android Application for private customers.

Service Provider Android application shows the location on which the service must be delivered on the screen. The icon type indicates the status of the service request. 

Service Provider Android application shows the location on which the service must be delivered on the screen. The icon type indicates the status of the service request.

 

Booking service

The booking service shows that a MEDUSE user can obtain information about mooring buoys location and availability and book one. The demo will show how the user is informed about mooring buoys location and how he/she can rent a free buoy for a certain period.

Booking Service-1     Booking Service-2

Using the Marine Application has been reserved and occupied a mooring buoy, near the La Maddalena Marine park office, stored in the system.

 

Information service

This scenario validated the following services:

  • information and warning to/from park visitors
  • hints and rules

These services are available through the MEDUSE Marine App. Information may be sent automatically or manually by the MEDUSE SCC to specific users or in broadcast to all connected users. Automatic information may be sent when the system detects the user entering for the first time in the park or when the user approach specific zones (e.g.: immersion point, rocks …)

The information sent by Marine Application is displayed on the map from the Marine Control Body Application and the MEDUSE Web Portal. Details about information are available clicking on the relative icon.

The information sent by Marine Application is displayed on the map from the Marine Control Body Application and the MEDUSE Web Portal. Details about information are available clicking on the relative icon.

 

Navigation service

This scenario validated navigation aid provided by the system to the park visitors. Basically the user may contact the MEDUSE SCC asking for a path to reach a given point (e.g. mooring buoys with coves). The operator at the SCC creates a path by defining a number of way points to reach the destination. The created path is sent to the M-App of the requesting user and displayed on the map of the park zone.

 During the demo trial, the Marine Application correctly received the routing path drawn using the MEDUSE Web Portal. The path is displayed on the map of the Marine Application.

During the demo trial, the Marine Application correctly received the routing path drawn using the MEDUSE Web Portal. The path is displayed on the map of the Marine Application.

 

Social Networking.

This scenario aims at assessing the capability of the system to enable social networking services. In particular the system allows a user to send a friend request to another MEDUSE user (knowing its nickname or consulting the list of users that have given the system permission to publish their nickname – only nickname, no position). The friendship request is routed to the addressed user. If the user accepts the friendship request a bidirectional chat will be put in place allowing the users to exchange messages. Both the user sending and accepting the friendship request may disclose their position to the peer user. In this case the position of the boat is made available to the other user and displayed by M-App on the marine map with an appropriated icon.

 Social-1 Social-2 Social-3

The friendship procedure has been correctly executed using two devices equipped with Marine Application. After the friendship creation, messages have been exchanged between the two users. Anytime a user can decide to publish, or not, his position to a friend.

 

Monitoring Service

This scenario verified the capabilities of the system to monitor the accesses to the marine park area by users running a MEDUSE app (M-App) or that have installed the Marine Terminal (MT) on board. Information about the boats detected by the system will be displayed on the MEDUSE Web Portal and made accessible only to authorized users (mainly park managers and coast guard).

MEDUSE Web Portal shows all vessels equipped with Marine Application, MCB-App, LBS-App, Marine Terminal, AIS A or AIS B those are within park zones.  

MEDUSE Web Portal shows all vessels equipped with Marine Application, MCB-App, LBS-App, Marine Terminal, AIS A or AIS B those are within park zones.

The demonstration was attended by the following participant:

  • Gian Gherardo Calini: Head Of Market Development of GSA
  • Doug Watson: GSA MEDUSE Technical Reviewer
  • Comandante Morelli: La Maddalena Coast Guard
  • Gianluigi Cancemi: International Marine Park Bocche di Bonifacio
  • Ciro Pignatelli: PNALM Park Director
  • Giuseppe Bonanno: PNALM Park President
  • Mario De Luca: PNALM Technical Manager
  • Gianfranco Corini (NEXANT AD), Massimo Pichini, Marco Cappella: NEXTANT
  • Alessandra Settin, Enrico Barro: VTCB
  • Giacomo Mangani, Mirko Antonini, Davide Perrone: Blue Thread
  • Eutimio Tiliacos, N. Effernan: Anesti LTD

Here are reported some pictures taken during demo trials.

 The demonstration started with a MEDUSE Project presentation within the PNALM Offices. The picture shows Giacomo Mangani (BLUE THREAD), Massimo Pichini (NEXTANT, Project Coordinator) and Mario De Luca (PNALM) configuring the MEDUSE system before the presentation.

The demonstration started with a MEDUSE Project presentation within the PNALM Offices. The picture shows Giacomo Mangani (BLUE THREAD), Massimo Pichini (NEXTANT, Project Coordinator) and Mario De Luca (PNALM) configuring the MEDUSE system before the presentation.

 Gian Gherardo Calini illustrates the purpose of EGNOS in the maritime sector and in other Application domains. Comandante Morelli of La Maddalena Coast Guard discusses the current needs and problems of Italian Coast Guard and the possible solutions to integrate in the MEDUSE project.

Gian Gherardo Calini illustrates the purpose of EGNOS in the maritime sector and in other Application domains. Comandante Morelli of La Maddalena Coast Guard discusses the current needs and problems of Italian Coast Guard and the possible solutions to integrate in the MEDUSE project.

 The demonstration starts, a PNALM vessel is used in the second day of demo trials. In this picture Massimo Pichini (NEXTANT) explains to Doug Watson (GSA) the behaviour of the Location Based Service Application on an Android equipped Tablet.

The demonstration starts, a PNALM vessel is used in the second day of demo trials. In this picture Massimo Pichini (NEXTANT) explains to Doug Watson (GSA) the behaviour of the Location Based Service Application on an Android equipped Tablet.

 The PNALM vessel leaves the park offices for demo trial execution

The PNALM vessel leaves the park offices for demo trial execution.

 Marine Terminal is installed on the PNALM vessel. In the picture is shown the speed-test execution

Marine Terminal is installed on the PNALM vessel. In the picture is shown the speed-test execution.

 Launch break

Lunch break!

From left: D. Watson (GSA), H. Effernan (ANESTI), E. Tiliacos (ANESTI), M. Antonini (BLUE THREAD), G. Managni (BLUE THREAD), D. Perrone  (BLUE THREAD), A. Settin (VTCB), M. Cappella (NEXTANT), M. Pichini (NEXTANT)