Activity 01

Implementation and further development of IBNext


The objective of this activity is to further modernise and deploy the IBNext platform. The existing 20-years-old Icebreaking Network, IBNet is a system where satellite images, AIS- targets, port list, ships register, weather forecast, information on other icebreakers’ intentions etc. are integrated in one system aboard the icebreakers and ashore, in control centres.

A pilot project was performed within WINMOS (1) Action to modernise the IBNet system which became IBNext. During the pilot the system was completely renewed to fit modern technological standards and user demands. It needs now to be updated and developed to a modern web-browser based system which would also support modern day mobile devices and touch screen technology. In addition, the results of the pilot executed under WINMOS (I) will be implemented in order to adapt the system to other marine traffic systems like those developed within STM-MonaLisa and EfficienSea2.

The pilot was tested during the last icebreaking season aboard some Swedish and Finnish icebreakers and the results were successful and good enough to take the decision to implement the new system and replace the old IBNet for the whole icebreaking fleet and for onshore users. The tasks under the Activity consists of software development and installation process.

The upgraded IBNext system will be implemented in Finland, Sweden and Estonia.

Sub-Activity 1.1 – Tendering and selecting a technical consultant

The scope of this sub-activity was to prepare the tendering documentation and select a technical consultant for the user case development and implementation. Preparation of the tendering documentation, evaluation of the tenders and processing all documents related to the selection of the technical consultant were done in this sub-activity. The consultant selected as a technical consultant is Solita.

Sub-Activity 1.2 – Requirement specification and implementation – phase 1

The scope of this sub-activity was to prepare the requirements specification according to the agile development methods regarding mandatory IBNext features. Phase 1 of the implementation included development of the mandatory features in order to get the system into production for the upcoming winter season.

Sub-Activity 1.3 – Factory test and deployment – phase 1

The scope of this sub-activity was to perform phase 1 factory testing; after satisfactory test results, deployment was performed on the entire icebreaking fleet. The new IBNext system replaced the old IBNet at the end of 2016.

Sub-Activity 1.4 – Collecting user experience

The scope of this sub-activity is to collect user experiences with the new system from all user groups, i.e. different users on icebreakers, authorities etc. Answers will be analysed and a user experience report will be written. The report will be used as guidance for the phase 2 technical specifications.

Sub-Activity 1.5 – STM and IBNext interface specification

The scope of this sub-activity is to enable the IBNext system to share information with the Sea Traffic Management (STM). This requires specification of the interaction between these two systems. The STM is an integrated management of sea traffic and maritime space through the provision of facilities and seamless services in collaboration with all parties and involving seaborne and shore-based functions.

Sub-Activity 1.6 – Requirement specification and implementation – phase 2

The scope of this sub-activity is to develop a full and complete modern web-browser based system which can fully replace the old IBNet. New additional use cases will be specified and implemented using agile method.

Sub-Activity 1.7 – Factory test and deployment – phase 2

The scope of this sub-activity is to perform final factory tests after the phase 2 implementations. All needed bug fixes and amendments will be done before the final deployment of the new system can be performed. Finally, the upgraded system will be deployed on the entire icebreaking fleet.