inDTS is now S-100 ready!

At this year’s EUROPORT, we took the chance to showcase the integration of SevenCs’ state-of-the-art S-100 Nautilus ECDIS kernel into our inDTS application for the first time. We have had a long and fruitful cooperation with SevenCs for over 20 years. We are pleased that with inDTS and Nautilus we can combine two powerful tools into one comprehensive and highly performant maritime traffic monitoring solution.

The integration of bathymetry data, for example, provides our customers with a wealth of new information. The availability of this data is essential for the precise planning and execution of dredging work, e.g. in harbor areas or river sections that depend on draught. It is therefore crucial to carry out such work, for example, to remove washed-up sand from canals or berths to ensure the required water depths. If this bathymetry data is also available in a highly up-to-date condition, harbor operators can plan the use of berths in an even more targeted manner.

Thanks to the cooperation with SevenCs and the regular exchange and participation in the relevant standardisation committees (e.g. IALA VTS Working Groups), we are ideally positioned not only to meet current standards such as S-124 “Navigational Warnings” or S-125 “Marine Aids to Navigation (AtoN)”, but also to smoothly integrate future standards of the S-100 framework. Examples of this are the standards S-210 “Inter-VTS Exchange Format”, S-211 “Port Call Message Format” and S-212 “VTS Digital Service”.

This advanced co-operation enables us to meet the constantly growing requirements of the maritime industry and at the same time to provide innovative solutions that continuously improve efficiency and security in VTS systems.

Handover of a modern maritime simulator to the Water Police School in Hamburg

At the beginning of May 2023, the new ship navigation simulator was handed over to the Water Police School (WSPS) in Hamburg for training purposes. With this order, the long-standing successful cooperation between the WSPS and in-innovative navigation GmbH (IN) was continued and IN’s expertise in the supply of high-quality ship and VTS simulators was once again proven.

The new ship driving simulator (FaSi) consists of three NAUTIS bridge simulators, two instructor stations and a debriefing station for lesson evaluation. The simulator can be used to impart expertise for the professional maritime education and training of water police officers.

An essential component is the realistic simulation of possible operational areas in inland and maritime areas. The WSPS can access a fleet of different training vessels as part of the extensive training courses.

Five customized ship models of existing police boats were developed for the WSPS.

Model Ship – Coastal Patrol Boat

The simulation of the training vessel takes into account various influencing factors such as shallow water effects, wind, current, ship-ship interactions, channel effects or lock effects.

Fatih Şenel, project manager at in-innovative navigation GmbH, is satisfied with the result: “Within a few months we were able to successfully implement the many and demanding requirements as well as the specific needs for the teaching purpose. The radar and driving simulator combines an arsenal of functions that are a unique selling point for the training and teaching mission of the WSPS. With the simulator, the new WSPS building is more than equipped for the future in terms of teaching technology.”

Olaf Hagenloch, Head of Training at the WSPS, is looking forward to the integration of the simulator into the teaching at the WSPS: “With this simulator, the Water Police School will once again fulfil its mission to provide the officers of the water police from 15 federal states with the necessary qualifications. With this simulator, the WSPS will also be equipped for future training and further education needs, so that the colleagues can act at ‘eye level with the shipping industry’. With this simulator, we are taking another big step towards generation-appropriate learning in modern education and training. Within the framework of the project, the already proven cooperation with in-innovative navigation GmbH was confirmed again.”

The FaSi complies with the European Standards of Technical and Functional Requirements for Driving and Radar Simulators in Inland Navigation (ES-QIN).

The partner for the realization of the project is the Dutch company VSTEP from Rotterdam.

We wish the WSPS continued success in the use of the delivered ship navigation simulator!

Realistic representation of shore zones, structures











Changes at the top of IN

After more than 14 years with and for in-innovative navigation GmbH (IN), managing partner Uwe Vögele finishes his professional career and leaves the company by 31.12.2022.

After joining the company, Uwe Vögele has successfully developed the business for Coastal Surveillance Systems (CSS) and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and thus significantly developed company growth over the past 10 years. Uwe Vögele established the initial ISO 9001 system together with the necessary preparations for the organizational re-structuring and development.

Uwe Vögele remains as one of the four shareholders of IN. His duties will be carried forward by the remaining two managing partners Dr. Thomas Gern und Dr. Reinhard Zimmermann.

We wholeheartedly wish Mr. Vögele all the best in his new phase of life.

in-innovative navigation GmbH awaits you at the WindEnergy 2022 in Hamburg from 27.-30. Sep 2022

We provide you at WindEnergy, together with our partner UK partner Nesspoint Ltd., information about our modular software and hardware solutions for:

  • Marine Coordination systems for monitoring offshore wind farms
  • Maritime surveillance systems such as VTS, CSS
  • On-board navigation systems
  • Sensor data processing (radar, AIS, CCTV, RDF,..)

Our products / services in the field of wind energy (onshore and offshore)

  • Radar and AIS based integrated offshore wind farm monitoring
  • Person/employee tracking
  • Integrated alarm systems
  • Storage of movement data, synchronous playback and statistical analysis

Please check out our short video with helpful information.

Come and Visit our stand in hall B6! You will get an insight into our solutions and many more details about our products and solutions in a realistic simulator.

in-innovative navigation GmbH awaits you at SMM 2022

in-innovative navigation GmbH is a leading company in developing navigation and traffic control systems. in-innovative navigation GmbH – the name of our high-tech company lays claim to performance and high innovative standards, to which we hold ourselves. The modular structure of our software allows you to obtain individual components from us that can be integrated into your existing system as a flexible part solution – or you can decide on a complete solution.

Since 1999, we have been developing innovative navigation systems and land-based traffic monitoring systems for the shipping industry, with on site implementation and integration. Products range from offshore navigation software RADARpilot720° OS to highly sophisticated integrated surveillance systems for Offshore wind parks and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS).

Come to our booth and get the latest information about our products RADARpilot720° OS and our solutions for Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS) and the surveillance of Offshore wind parks.

Successful GO-LIVE for LUV VTS in Tiel, Netherlands

On April 12th, 2022, the new radar data processing system from in-innovative navigation GmbH (IN) went live in operations at the first of 6 VTS centers. Since being commissioned in June 2019 to modernize the nationwide VTS system, IN and EQUANS (formerly ENGIE) have been working intensively towards this goal and, after extensive testing, have reached this milestone. The GO-LIVE is an exciting moment for all parties, not least the nautical staff of the traffic center, who have to get used to the new radar data processing and display system.

In order to make the transition smooth and responsible, the pilots were intensively trained on the new system (inDTS) beforehand by in-innovative navigation GmbH. In addition, either an IN employee was available on site or a hotline for 12 days around the clock to provide the navigators with optimal support during this crucial phase of the project.

Dr. Thomas Gern, CEO of in-innovative navigation GmbH, stated after this promising start: “The transition from the old to the new system has gone largely smoothly at this first traffic center. This gives us great confidence that the upgrades of the other traffic posts can be carried out quickly. Above all, the constructive cooperation with our customer RWS and the people who will then work on the new system is highly gratifying for us in this project. This is the only way to sensibly develop the kind of customized system solutions that we offer.”.

On behalf of RWS (Rijkswaterstaat), 6 centers will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology for radar-based traffic monitoring on waterways during this nationwide project LUV VTS. The next step, the technological conversion of the Wemeldinge traffic center in Delft, has already begun.

VTS Solution for port of Scheveningen

A comprehensive, powerful and highly reliable VTS solution from in-innovative navigation GmbH was commissioned for the Port of Scheveningen at the end of March 2022.

As the control center in the Port of Scheveningen, which also monitors tunnels, bridges and bollards in The Hague, is being replaced, the nautical traffic control center was set up in an interim building for the transition.

In the course of this, in-innovative navigation GmbH modernized and installed the technology for radar surveillance on behalf of VIALIS. The temporary control center for the operators consists of three workstations, with a digital map table providing touch function. The VTS solution from in-innovative navigation GmbH will take up permanent residence in the new control center once the building is completed, probably in 2023.

Fatih Şenel, project manager at in-innovative navigation GmbH, is satisfied with the result: “The project shows again that our software and hardware solutions can be integrated without any problems. We are pleased that VIALIS have also contracted us to maintain the system, so that we will then be able to accompany the relocation of the complete system to the new site next year.”

Meet us at EUROPORT 2021 in Rotterdam

Let’s meet up at the EUROPORT exhibition from 2-5 November 2021! After more than a year, in-innovative navigation cannot wait to connect in real life with the maritime industry in the world port city Rotterdam. With a strong focus on innovative technology and navigation equipment for the future, at EUROPORT you will meet maritime professionals from all over the world.

Visit us at our booth no. 3303 and learn more about the latest technical developments for maritime surveillance and coordination of vessel traffic with VTS/CSS, efficient software solutions for port management and digital opportunities for the safe operation of offshore wind farms.

Maritime Surveillance for FRONTEX innovation pilot project

in-innovative navigation GmbH and CNIM Air Space have deployed two maritime airborne surveillance aerostat systems in Greece.

The project, for which both companies have joined forces in a consortium, with in-innovative navigation GmbH taking the lead, involves the delivery to FRONTEX of an integrated turn-key solution that comprises two tethered aerostats, for the purpose of testing the performance and cost-efficiency of these innovative solutions to maritime surveillance and awareness.

This concept offers an entire new and innovative approach, combining various surveillance sensors with a high degree of automation and a flexible, redeployable platform into a single comprehensive solution for persistent maritime surveillance. The deployment of the systems started in July and is planned to last a few more months.

Each system is composed of a 450 m³ Eagle Owl tethered aerostat, equipped with a Hensoldt ARGOS II HD EO/IR optronic gimbal, a Diades Marine maritime radar, and an AIS receiver. The systems are contributing to the monitoring  of maritime areas, and provide FRONTEX with the ability to detect, recognize and identify activities of interest. Each aerostat is accompanied by a ground station which is equipped with a C2 (Command & Control) workstation. The ground station, thus, controls the sensors, analyses the collected data, and transmits the most relevant information to FRONTEX operation centers. The system also allows the distribution of the maritime surveillance picture to any remote user through the use of web-based or mobile applications connected to the C2 system.

Airborne surveillance aerostat systems offer a number of advantages. Apart from the fact that it is a very cost-effective solution in terms of cost per operating hour compared to other airborne maritime surveillance systems, the other major added value of a tethered aerostat is its persistence. The system is designed to fly 24/7 for several days and even weeks. CNIM Air Space’s tethered aerostat solutions are mobile, easily movable and they don’t need a specific infrastructure to be deployed. The flight altitude of the tethered aerostat (hundreds of meters) offers another advantage. It frees the system from topography and earth curvature constraints, which usually limit the performance of standard ground systems. Finally, CNIM Air Space has managed to develop tethered aerostats which are threat resilient and adapted to a maritime environment (especially to strong winds, up to 110 km/h).

“Within the scope of this contract, CNIM Air Space is in charge of designing and manufacturing the Eagle Owl type tethered aerostats, embedding the sensors, setting up the ground segment and managing the operations of the complete system. Operations are led in partnership with Ventura Associates, a French security and defense operational expert.” explains Xavier Montazel, director of the Systems Business Line at CNIM.

Uwe Vögele, managing director at in-innovative navigation GmbH, adds “in-innovative navigation is in charge of integration, processing, validation and display of all data at the ground stations, as well as the communication interface between operations centers”.

“The award of this contract by FRONTEX demonstrates CNIM Air Space’s expertise in tethered aerostat systems. We are proud to deploy our solutions at a European scale” says Xavier Montazel.

“For in-innovative navigation, this award reflects FRONTEX’s continued confidence in our solutions and capabilities. It also proves that we have chosen the ideal aerostat partner to provide a comprehensive and high-quality system” concludes Uwe Vögele.

Display of integrated sensor information with inDTS at the ground station:











Successful ISO recertification

Since 2012, in-innovative navigation GmbH was first certified according to ISO 9001:2008, and since 2018 according to ISO 9001:2015. Since software products are generally generated in a very dynamic environment, quality management is an important and active part of the daily work at in-innovative navigation GmbH.

This year,  the company have again successfully passed the certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The certificate was granted without any deviations, as an effective system for meeting the standard and the quality policy could be demonstrated. The positive findings additionally underline this. The adaptation of newly introduced processes was adequately realized and have been largely completed.

“It is absolutely clear to us,” says Uwe Vögele, one of the three CEOs of in-innovative navigation GmbH, “that the topic of IT security is becoming increasingly dominant in the application areas in which we have been working successfully now for years. The necessary measures have long been initiated and we are very confident that we will also pass the DIN EN ISO 27001:2013 certification in the current year.”

Powerful pooling of competences

The companies in-innovative navigation GmbH and Argonics GmbH join their activities in the field of navigation applications for inland vessels.

in-innovative navigation GmbH has been active in the field of chart display systems with radar overlay for more than 20 years; RADARpilot720° is the leading European product in this field. Argonics GmbH is active, among other things, in the field of automatic track keeping of inland vessels; the argoTrackpilot is also the market-leading product in this field.

The inland ECDIS product RADARpilot720° of in-innovative navigation GmbH as well as all inland navigation activities will be incorporated into the new company Argonav GmbH; and the core team of RADARpilot720° around Dr. Martin Sandler will keep working on  inland ECDIS navigation systems for inland vessels within Argonav GmbH in the future.

in-innovative navigation GmbH will concentrate on applications for traffic monitoring on waterways, in ports and coastal areas, as well as on approved radar and chart systems for maritime navigation.

The group of companies consisting of Argonics GmbH and Argonav GmbH will create a technologically leading unit in the field of inland navigation.

Control engineering, sensor technology, chart and radar image processing paired with programming and IT knowledge are essential components of the joint know-how. It is the basis for  future developments of products on the way to automated and, prospectively, autonomous shipping. This is complemented by the two companies’ extensive involvement in various research projects such as NOVIMAR, SCIPPPER, AKOON and FernBin.

Argonics and Argonav will bundle their activities in the field of inland navigation in joint premises in Stuttgart – Vaihingen from February 2021.

Remote-controlled inland waterway vessels – perspectives for the future of inland navigation

To keep inland navigation competitive, new ways are being sought to increase its efficiency, to lower emissions and to reduce the need for personnel, because the young skilled inland navigation operators are rare in Germany.

In a joint project that was approved by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in June 2020, in-innovative-navigation GmbH is working with a number of partners to investigate the possibilities of coordinated, remote-controlled navigation of inland vessels.

The operating and display options for controlling a barge are to be implemented in a remote-steering station on land. By equipping the ship with adequate sensors, all necessary information about the ship and its surroundings shall be also available in the remote steering station. In addition, the rudders, propulsion, and the other navigation devices as well as signalling and communication equipment must be capable of remote control. Safe data transmission to the remote-steering station on land is an important point. The skipper navigating from there is relieved by assistance functions in his tasks. For example, automatic track guidance, for example, significantly reduces the frequency of steering interventions. A collision warning system shows him dangerous situations in good time.

As an additional element, a control centre will be implemented, where the entire traffic on the waterway and its surroundings can be monitored. The mutual exchange of information between remote-steering station, e.g. with the current course input given for the ship, the control centre with the global traffic situation and its predictions, enables a comprehensive digital networking of traffic participants on the waterway beyond remotely navigating a vessel.

in-innovative navigation GmbH (IN) as a specialist for navigation and traffic monitoring is highly skilled in detection and display of on-board sensor information, especially radar. In addition, the implementation of the control centre with the remote steering unit is a main focus of IN’s work in this project.

To evaluate the new functions, a real inland vessel shall be equipped accordingly. The test field for autonomous inland vessels will be on the Dortmund-Ems Canal. In advance, a digital twin of the ship shall be implemented to simulate the journey of the ship under remote-control. The new Test and Management Centre for autonomous inland shipping (VeLaBi) at DST is available for the implementation of the remote steering station and the control centre units.

In addition to in-innovative navigation GmbH, the following partners are involved in the project: the Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems eV (DST), Argonics GmbH, the engineering office Kauppert, the Federal Institute for Hydraulic Engineering (BAW), the University of Duisburg-Essen with 3 institutes (ISMT-Institute for Ship Technology, Ocean Engineering and Transport Systems, SRS-Chair for Control, Regulation and System Dynamics, IMECH-Chair for Mechatronics and System Dynamics), as well as the RWTH Aachen with the Institute for Control Engineering (IRT).

inDTSmobile now available as app

inDTSmobile is now available for download from the App Store®. This opens up completely new possibilities for traffic guidance and management, and communication between traffic centers, pilots or other mobile forces.

“The app offers many functionalities like our proven VTS display inDTS, so that the operation is intuitive “, explains Heiner Lamprecht, head of the JAVA development department at in-innovative navigation GmbH. “Because inDTSmobile is available on a smartphone or tablet, it can easily be used on the road by employees of port authorities, traffic control centers or the water police. Even live video from cameras integrated into the VTS system can be easily accessed just via smartphone.”.

inDTSmobile shows the current ship positions along a river section or in coastal waters live on a nautical chart. All available information on other ships is also shown in a tabular list. The new app can be used by pilots, for example, to display planned voyages for navigation on difficult stretches of water. A 3-D view provides a realistic representation of the planned route. Additional maps, radar, tide and weather data can be displayed as layers. When the application is connected to the control center and the central data base, it is possible to modify data with respect to the current traffic situation, therefore, missions can be coordinated more effectively.

To use inDTSmobile it is necessary to be connected to the backend of a VTS system provided by in-innovative navigation GmbH.

Opening of the test center in Delft

On Monday 9 March 2020, the test system for the LUV-VTS NL project was officially inaugurated in the RWS Traffic Centrum IV in Delft.

It is a complex system consisting of three radars, the server components in the computer center and a test workstation. While the new system will be set up, each of the 6 traffic centers can be simulated in advance. Together with ENGIE, in-innovative navigation GmbH (IN) is installing the nationwide traffic monitoring system on behalf of the Dutch RWS (Rijkswaterstaat).

Project manager Andreas Schnorr of IN (in-innovative navigation GmbH), explains: “All sensor data received at the individual location of the system – radar image, CCTV, radio and weather measurements – can be combined and displayed here accordingly. This enables us to configure and test the software for each traffic center here in Delft in advance with their real traffic data, and then install it at the respective locations. In this way, the modernization of the entire system can now take place step by step and without disrupting operation”.

(in the picture from left to right: Andreas Schnorr (Project manager IN), Leo van der Harst (Project manager RWS), Dennie Slagter (Manager Project Control ENGIE), Nancy Scheijven (Director VWM RWS), Reinhard Zimmermann (CEO IN), Gerrit Jan van den Toorn (Head of department SVM RWS))

Upgrade for VTS System in Maastricht

A new traffic monitoring system is to be installed in Maastricht this year, for which RADIO HOLLAND has commissioned in-innovative navigation GmbH to supply state-of-the-art hardware and software.

As early as 2011, in-innovative navigation GmbH already equipped the traffic center there with a VTS-System, in particular with a special split screen display, which for the first time made it possible to show the entire river section of the river through the city, including a lock and a bascule bridge, all on one single screen.

The traffic center of the responsible waterways and shipping authority, Rijkswaterstaat Limburg, is located about 500 m away from the lock, without direct view of the two bottlenecks, which makes the radar-based traffic display an essential tool there. Andreas Prizkau, project manager at in-innovative navigation GmbH: “We are very pleased that our IN System has proven itself in Maastricht and that we can now also modernize the system there. We will implement the new system this spring.”.

Split screen display of river Meuse inDTS:

Data communication at a new level

Inform yourself on the EUROPORT 2019 at booth no. 3303 about new possibilities of an extended display of the VTS traffic image. inVTS systems not only offer to display sensor data provided by sensors installed on mobile forces in a traffic control center; the data can also be shown in real time on mobile devices such as tablets using a standard web browser. This expands the range of options when using such data: Forces can inform themselves about the actual current situation regardless of their location.

How these new functions and the product portfolio of in-innovative navigation GmbH will be implemented in the nationwide traffic monitoring system in the Netherlands (LUV VTS NL) in the future will also be shown on at booth no. 3303 at the EUROPORT.

The in-innovative navigation GmbH can not only provide services for coastal and offshore monitoring, but also new technologies for inland navigation, as shown in the RADARpilot720 ° NG (New Generation). The combination with argoTrackPilot (argonics) gives the skipper a new assistance system that automatically guides a ship along a guiding line.

We are looking forward to your visit!

20 years in-innovative navigation GmbH

The 20th anniversary of in-innovative navigation GmbH was the occasion for a two-day inHOUSE SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION entitled in FUTURE in MOTION. The President of the GDWS, Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Witte, opened the conference. Numerous business partners and companions of in-innovative navigation GmbH from all over the world met in order to present the latest technologies and possibilities of digitization in the field of traffic monitoring and navigation. In a subsequent panel discussion, the chances of automation and digitization were discussed.

On the second day of the event, the latest practical developments were presented on an inHOUSE exhibition, where visitors were able to actively steer a vessel through the port of Rotterdam on a virtual ship bridge including state-of-the-art 3-D visualization. Also, the political guests as State Secretary Steffen Bilger of the Ministry of Transport and Dietmar Allgaier (Mayor of Kornwestheim) were impressed. In the evening of the second day, employees, their families and guests concluded the successful event with delicious grilled specialties, live music and dance.