Maritime 4.0: Exploit Opportunities

A tremendous potential is seen in Maritime 4.0: Not only are efficiency gains hoped for in commercial shipping, but also for cruise ship yards and tourism companies. Yet with increasing digitization and networking aboard ships, the risk for cybercrime and data misuse also increases. With WAGO, you master the challenges of modern shipping and can fully leverage the possibilities offered by digitization and automation.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • WAGO Controllers enable secure ship-to-land communication, data collection, control and networking of the onboard subsystems.
  • The PFC controller family carries all the necessary maritime certifications and approvals for use in hazardous areas.
  • WAGO's modular solutions are flexibly adjustable and expandable to individual requirements, enabling you to react quickly to future developments in this sector.

WAGO in Marine Applications

Solutions for Maritime 4.0

Our solutions for Maritime 4.0 have proven their value across the world's seas and under the toughest conditions.

Marine Industry in Transition – WAGO Supports You:

  • The WAGO solution’s open conception is focused on maximum operating safety; its modular structure readily accommodates modernizations, updates and expansions.
  • Since they are based on Linux®, the WAGO Controllers not only represent a solid long-term investment; they also provide integrated security mechanisms to prevent cybercrime. Security is an important prerequisite for ship-to-land communication, as well as for data recording, controlling, monitoring and networking onboard subsystems.
  • The robust, qualitatively high-value PFC controller family carries all the necessary maritime certifications and approvals for use in hazardous areas.


Efficient System Integration Through Service-Oriented Software in Automation

With DIMA (Decentralized Intelligence for Modular Applications), WAGO has developed a concept to increase efficiency in process engineering – and it has already been tested, and proven, on land. But can this method be adapted to maritime transport? And if so, how?

Application-Based Controller Redundancy (ACR) from WAGO

Increase availability in central ship alarm systems with WAGO's application-based controller redundancy. Media redundancy across different network infrastructures provides a dual view of all signals and reduces the impact of errors.

Additional advantages:

  • Easy commissioning of the entire system with WAGO’s standard hardware.
  • Lower switchover times (in accordance with classification society requirements)
  • Transmission of the most important secondary variables using the HART protocol

See our Solutions at Work

WAGO has already implemented many exciting projects in the area of Maritime 4.0. Read about the most recent ones here.

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