Smart Vessel

Developed by the Swedish tech firm Ericsson, the launch of a Smart Vessel enabled by broadband IoT was announced to the public in 2019. Functioning on a 4G commercial broadband, the Smart Vessel was created in a joint effort with China Mobile and unmanned surface vessel company OceanAlpha to showcase the viability of 4G and 5G in benefiting the planet. Smart Vessel harnesses the increased capacity and low latency of 4G networks, enabling operations to be performed in near real-time. Operating autonomously with the guidance of GPS routers, Smart Vessel collects water quality data while simultaneously identifying the cause of pollutants using HD cameras. Smart Vessel can also be remotely directed to an area with known pollutants and has the capacity to take remedial measures. While Smart Vessel was piloted on the basis of a 4G network, its developers will enhance technology as needed once 5G networks become widely commercially available. The only downside to using such commercial broadband networks is their inability to perform in the case of an outage; given the advances being made in network reliability, this shouldn’t be much of an issue for Smart Vessel and similar broadband-enabled technologies.


Ecological Monitoring, Internet of Things, Monitoring, Pollution, Visual Technologies