Norled Integrates High-Speed Remote Cellular Connectivity in Fleet of Ferries and Express Boats

"We have a long and established relationship with Digi and have recently migrated to the Digi EX-15 that supports LTE-Cat 11 for higher bandwidth and greater reliability."

Bjørn Tore Garderhagen, IT Operation Manager

Norled AS is one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators, with 80 vessels offering services from the Oslofjord to Troms county. Norled has invested significantly in new vessels and eco-friendly technology. The company has more than 1,000 employees and an annual turnover of NOK 2 billion.

Providing High-Speed Internet Connectivity – on the Open Seas

With dozens of vessels traversing Nordic waters, this passenger ferry organization wanted to access cellular networks to provide shipboard high-speed Internet access to support streaming, conference calling, telemetry data and more. According to Bjørn Tore Garderhagen, IT operation manager for Norled, the natural choice was to use the Digi EX15 LTE high-speed cellular solution integrated with Digi Remote Manager® which provides secure, web-based device management for network visibility and control over the deployed network.
Norled vessel

A suite of upgradeable Digi CORE® LTE plug-in modems lets Norled select the cellular speeds that best fit its business requirements, including LTE Cat 4 and LTE-Advanced Cat 6, as well as LTE-Advanced Cat 11 for data-intensive applications, and LTE-Advanced Pro Cat 18 for critical communications. 

Deploying Digi Remote Cellular Connectivity in Harsh Outdoor Settings

Of course, a seafaring vessel presents a difficult operating environment for a cellular modem. So Garderhagen needed to find an effective and reliable method of housing the Digi EX15 inside a suitable IP67-rated outdoor enclosure.
Digi cellular router installed on boat

“We are using GTT fully configured enclosures to provide high-quality gateways for outdoor applications on our fleet of vessels,” Garderhagen said. “We also have a long and established relationship with Digi and have recently migrated to the Digi EX-15 that supports LTE-Cat 11 for higher bandwidth and greater reliability. We chose this Digi solution for its price, speed and range over one of Digi’s industrial solutions, and needed to ensure it could operate optimally outdoors in harsh environments. With the Digi EX-15 and the GTT enclosure we were able to meet both challenges in a “best in class” solution.”

Norled uses two different deployment options. The GTT GLB enclosure houses a single Digi EX-15. The GTT Formosa enclosure contains two identical Digi EX-15 products for additional uptime and availability.

GTT’s IP67 outdoor enclosure features watertight IP67 interfaces and provides very flexible practical mounting location options. “That reduces RF losses in our system,” Garderhagen said. “We can locate our router on the roof of the bridge instead of at the end of a very long antenna cable run from an antenna on the roof to the router down to the instrumentation room. We were not only able to integrate the router inside the GTT enclosures quickly and easily, but also use the standard IP67 GTT Antenna as an alternative to costly legacy products.”

According to Garderhagen, the ferry line has experienced decreased downtime and higher productivity because the combined solution of Digi EX-15 and the GTT protective enclosures. “More importantly, it has allowed us to plan and rollout a long-term reliable solution for all vessels and have a professional-looking watertight (IP67) solution mounted on the exterior of the ship.”

Connect with Digi

Seeking next-generation solutions and support? Here are some next steps:

Get Our IoT Deployment Solution Brief
Learn how to complete your IoT implementation quickly and cost-effectively

Related Content

Digi Go-To 5G Solutions Digi Go-To 5G Solutions The future is here, and Digi go-to 5G solutions are ready to take you there! Whether you are charged with delivering high... WATCH VIDEO What Can 5G Do For Business: Enterprise, Industry and Transportation What Can 5G Do For Business: Enterprise, Industry and Transportation Manufacturing facilities, transportation systems and other vertical industries are ready to take advantage of the faster speeds... READ BLOG Transit Resource Library Transit Resource Library Peruse our library of thought leadership and technical content on all things Transit. VISIT LIBRARY How to Prepare Your Transit System for the 5G Future How to Prepare Your Transit System for the 5G Future The transportation industry is on the cusp of enormous change, with the full rollout of 5G networks. 5G will be a true game... RECORDED WEBINAR The ROI of Remote IoT Device Management The ROI of Remote IoT Device Management As adoption of the Internet of Things continues to accelerate and broaden, the costs of managing and maintaining networks of... READ BLOG AGH Solar Boat Digi XBee Modules at the Heart of the AGH Solar and Autonomous Boats The AGH Solar Boat project, under development at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, incorporates... READ STORY Taiga Motors Next Gen Powersports: Taiga Motors Creates the First Electric Snowmobile and Personal Watercraft Using Digi Solutions Taiga Motors is an innovative electric power sports company, based in Canada, whose mission is to produce vehicles that provide... READ STORY IoT in Transportation: Solutions and Applications IoT in Transportation: Solutions and Applications Transportation is undergoing a transformation as municipalities and transport authorities adopt IoT in transportation... READ BLOG Digi EX15 Digi EX15 Branch connectivity in a compact, affordable, all-in-one solution VIEW PRODUCT Digi Remote Manager Digi Remote Manager Configure, Deploy and Manage Remote Assets Securely VIEW PRODUCT