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Real time Monitoring of Sydney Ferries’ Position for Central Information System with Advantech Cellular Router Solution

Market: Transportation
Industrial Application: Wireless remote monitoring management
Location: Sydney, Australia


In Sydney, Australia, around 14.7 million trips are made on the ferry network every year. Obviously, the Sydney ferry service has brought a great convenience to not only local residents but also daily commuters and worldwide travelers. Being well aware of how much a good riding experience means to passengers, our customer aimed at increasing the quality of information transparency, system reliability and comfort level.



Project Intention

The project manager sought to implement a centralized network system that acquires data on the ferries and wharves one hand, and allows staff to remotely monitor and control all activities in the control room on the other hand.


Challenges and Requirements

1.      All moving ferries must be equipped with wireless network device, in charging of data acquisition, data transmission and location reporting.

2.      Power over Ethernet connection should be available for cameras on the ferry

3.      GPS functionality is necessary for NMEA reporting

4.      3G/4G network is required for remote data transmission. 

5.      Monitoring software is required for remote control and management.


The procdure is outlined as follows:

1.      Advantech cellular router are placed on each ferry and is hard connected to cameras via PoE connection and to broadcast and display system

2.      The cellular router collects data and forwards it over the air through 3G/4G carrier service to both the control center and the kiosks at each wharf. 

3.      Meanwhile, the GPS function on the cellular router allows for real-time location positioning. 

4.      The control center, being responsible for monitoring multiple ferries, receives on-board and position information from cellular routers on each ferry, converts the raw data into useful passenger information and sends it to each wharf via fiber connection. 

5.      There are passenger information kiosks at each wharf, displaying real-time ferry location and boarding information on its dashboard.


Features, Advantages, and Benefits

Wireless Technology

1. Supports GPS functionality for NMEA reporting 

2. Supports 3G/4G network

Secured Software Features

1. Multicast support – PIM-SM software module 

2. Functionality IP tables 

3. VPN functionality 

4. R-SeeNet monitoring software

Why Advantech?

Expert Experience

1. Strong reputation and commitment to Industry 4.0

2. Proper product recommendations matching customer requirements

3. Site survey services

4. Wireless topology consultancy

5. Years of experience in public transportation

Advantech provides not only rugged and secure products, but also upgrade-ready integration solutions and high-quality services. With years of experience and commitment to Industry 4.0 practices, Advantech’s iConnectivity Edge Intelligence and Wireless team focuses on every detail to provide customers with the optimal solution.


The implementation of real-time passenger information system is a great success of the project. And it is also the best demonstration of how wireless technology can significantly change the old public transportation system into a new intelligent one.


Product Information

SmartFlex SR309 series 

1. Powerful CPU and enhanced memory to support high demand customer applications 

2. Extended operational temperature range from -40 °C to +75 °C 

3. 10-60 VDC operated with transient and reverse polarity voltage protection 

4. Flexible Port options( 3-port Switch, Ethernet and RS232/422/485 serial ports with isolation) 

5. GPS, GLONASS ,BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS support 

6. MicroSD card holder, In/Out, USB Host  

7. Low power consumption mode for solar and battery power applications 

8. Optional industrial grade WiFi 

9. Optional PoE PSE or PoE PD on ETH0 and ETH1 

10. Advanced security features

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Edited by
Kuei Lang
Industrial IoT Group Marketing