The world’s oceans cover more than a 70% of the Earth’s surface, and while we know quite a bit about them, rely on them heavily for travel and shipping, and respect their ecological importance, we have yet to truly harness their powers for communication. For all that we have worldwide communications, there are still untapped resources and isolated areas that would benefit from oceanic communication technology. The tides may soon be changing as scientists shore-up surefire ways to integrate communication technology into the fathoms below.
Big data is a big deal for the maritime shipping industry. Until very recently, maritime insights and analytics had to be gathered in bits and pieces, and that data at best was in bits and pieces. Satellite technology has made a huge splash in the way we collect and analyze data in every industry. The key to understanding the importance of big data has to do with analytics. Big data is normal, everyday data collected in vast quantities and analyzed in ways that previously would have taken more resources than it was worth. Technology has managed to compress data and expand storage capabilities to allow for big data analysis to be realized in minutes instead of hours, days, months, or years.