February 28, 2024


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Wärtsilä boosts up the autonomous vessel solution in a new platform

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marine-news-Wärtsilä boosts up the autonomous vessel solution in a new platform

Presently, decarbonization is a hot topic in the maritime industry. High-end marine Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the important steps among other innovations to support the carbon-free in shipping sector by 2050. Innovating in the platform will help deploy autonomous vessel solution to the market.

Wärtsilä Voyage has collaborated with Microsoft strategically. The project is aiming at strategic themes spanning industrial remote operation capabilities, state-of-the-art cybersecurity with active monitoring, runtime, and commonly shared data standards to ease collaboration between maritime stakeholders.

Through Microsoft Azure IoT Edge integration, the upgraded platform will be highly scalable cyber-secure. Developing on Wärtsilä Voyage’s existing IoT experience, this collaboration potentially unlocks autonomous capabilities.

“The maritime world is entering the digital era where mutualizing our investments into common platforms and standards are a prerequisite to successful innovations for a more sustainable and efficient maritime industry,” said Sean Fernback, PresidentWärtsilä Voyage and Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä.

The Wärtsilä common platform will act as an enabler to deploy future technology for autonomy and emissions reduction. We want to focus our efforts on those fields with commonly shared standards that give vessels easier access to innovative solutions,” added Fernback.

Secured-by-design remote operation feature

The autonomous vessel solution is an essential part of the communication onboard, granting full ability to access the latest information. Asset commissioning, diagnostic, updates, and upgrades will be performed remotely — streamlining maintenance, speeding up deployment, and increasing vessel uptime.

The same way smartphone and some automobile manufacturers are able to update, deploy new features, and improve their systems remotely, the new generation of digital ships needs to constantly adapt, update to keep up with their evolving ecosystems while staying cyber secure at all times,” said Pierre Guillemin, Vice President, Technology, Wärtsilä Voyage.

A commitment to net zero emissions target

This major step is another commitment from Wärtsilä in the decarbonization long-term goal. Wärtsilä & RINA has collaboratively developed a comprehensive solution for hydrogen.

Wärtsilä Voyage is innovating with solutions that reduce carbon emissions and enhance autonomous shipping. Its vision of the secure and connected vessel will be anchored by Microsoft IoT Edge and Security solutions. We look forward to help drive this significant step in the industry’s transformation,” said Ralph Haupter, President of Microsoft EMEA.

In this project, Wärtsilä Voyage is building an open development environment with standardized data formats and APIs. As the result, the platform has multi-layered cybersecurity. 

There is a need to reinforce and scale what has already been developed in specific segments of the industry, for instance, in the cruise business where sensor systems are already widely integrated. Our 15 years of experience in this segment puts us in an ideal position to lead this effort,” said Guillemin.

Digital systems essential for vessel autonomy, such as extending existing sensor technologies, require a paradigm shift in processing power and integration to enable the next generation of autonomous vessel systems,” explained Guillemin. Wärt silä Voyage’s long experience in machine learning, for instance, gained through the development of vessel optimization systems and flagship autonomous projects such as Intellitug, help us in scaling integration capabilities across the maritime industry.”

The recent analysis from Wärtsilä strongly reflects its commitment to net zero emissions, to improve air quality. “Our analysis shows that net zero is feasible in every region as we already have all the technologies needed. The key is to front-load and start now.” from a report by Wärtsilä Energy.

Source Xindemarinenews

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