Workshop on Ranging Mode (R-Mode)
The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) is hosting a workshop on Ranging Mode (R-Mode) at IALA Headquarters, Saint-Germain-en-Laye from 9-12 September 2019. The working language will be English. The workshop is supported by the project R-Mode Baltic which is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund within the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.
This IALA workshop aims to achieve the following:
- Give participants an overview about the recent status of world-wide R-Mode activities and latest results;
- Define R-Mode requirements for implementation with VDES;
- Develop a roadmap for the standardisation and implementation of R-Mode on MF and VHF transmissions.
The workshop deals with general R-Mode aspects which have to be agreed upon in the early phase of system development. In particular the maritime user requirements on a backup system and the implementation approach of R-Mode as part of VDES. Furthermore, world-wide experts are invited to discuss and share their results of R-Mode research, and agree a way forward, including R-Mode standardisation. To support ongoing and upcoming R-Mode research, development, validation and implementation activities a concept for an information exchange platform will be further developed which should comprises world-wide available R-Mode testbeds and test facilities.