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SIAMS is an EU-supported project for the provision of on-line information to the traveler during journeys by sea, and for facilitating the management of maritime transport operations, using Web-based technological infrastructure.

Setting the scene

In public maritime transport, there is a lack of IT support for the delivery of passenger information at critical points - both in time and place - of the transportation process. Equally, there is ample scope for transport operators, agencies and authorities to improve their service by supporting their operations with on-line telecommunication services. From all points of view, the maritime sector needs to join the evolving Information Society and link into emerging information systems for tourism and intermodal transport.


SIAMS services are built on several technologies.
Public information is made available over the Internet, while Confidential services use VPN over IP technologies. Schedule data are linked into the system by connecting to the transport operator's systems either directly or through a CRS. VSAT communications system with gyroscopic antennas, prototype auto-tracking and stabilization platforms are being produced for cost-effective on-board communications.

Integration of maritime data and tourist information are provided as a result of SIAMS collaboration with and other regional tourism information servers. GIS services are used to integrate dynamic data and digital maps into the database services, to display real-time trip information, maps of tourist facilities at destinations, and local transportation networks. Modern architectures based on CORBA and Java make the systems interoperable and scalable.

The services are to be demonstrated at ports of the Adriatic Sea and on an on-board information kiosk.

Results and achievements

The project has delivered the schedule information services, ship information on-board, and ship location service both at the kiosk and Internet access points. The layer linking to booking systems has been specified. In this way, consistent information and up-to-date schedule data will be achieved even under abnormal conditions like trip cancellations and last-minute schedule changes.
The linking of GIS services with the database application has been implemented and tested. Integration with tourist information has been designed and is being implemented. All the components for the satellite communication system have been tested and are now ready to be plugged and installed.
Integration phase tests are in progress and will be finalized during the year 2000. The target date for the full system being installed at the kiosks is in May 2000.

Conclusions and plans for the future

The actions planned for the coming period concentrate on the demonstration and exploitation of SIAMS services.

Content update mechanisms will then be brought into effect. Members of user companies will be nominated to check consistency.

Exploitation actions have already begun. The main exploitable products and requirements for system growth have been identified. There are national measures for on-line reservation systems, which ease the path for SIAMS to work in conjunction with reservations systems.

The process will be assisted by the move to having cheaper communications and modernization of ships before the end of "cabotage". These trends can only expedite on-board communications on-board of all kinds of data.

Contact Person

Vassilis Spitadakis
Tel:+30 81 391200
Fax:+30 81 391207
e-mail: (email removed)
Research Area: Transport Telematics Application
Timescale: 01.02.98 - 31.07.00
Keywords: Public maritime transport; Passenger Information; Tourism Information System; Geographical Information Systems, VSAT, Information kiosks

Project Participants

Alfa (EL)
Ministry of Mercantile Marine (EL)

Public Deliverables

D5.1 The reference Architecture Model