As the STM Validation Project finished June 30, the Sea Traffic Management, STM, initiative continues with many aspects. There are four ongoing implementation projects and more on the drawing board. There is continued work on global standardisation on data and communication formats securing interoperability. The industry is taking over the operations of the maritime digital infrastructure. And of course, we have the results of the Validation Project.
The International Electrotechnical Commission, IEC, has approved a new work item SECOM – Secure Exchange and COMmunication of S-100 based products. What does it mean in practice? SECOM will mean interoperability, since the goal is to standardize how data is exchanged. SECOM aims to support all S-100 products that define what data is exchanged, making it a cornerstone for exchange of maritime information.
Kurt Bodewig, European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea within the European Commission believes that Sea Traffic Management (STM), can be important in building up commercially more efficient trans-European transport corridors.