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The Marine Communications Edition
Software Enhances Container Scanning
New container scanning tech is being developed for the CORE European Research Project by Smiths
Detection. Smiths is designing both hardware and software for the next generation of container scanners, designed to speed-up throughput and improve detection. New hardware will increase the rate at which containers are scanned, from around 100-150 per hour to between 300 and 500. And, new software will give operators the tools that they need for faster, accurate analysis of images to prevent bottlenecks. Hav- ing developed the capability, Smiths Detection is now working to integrate the technology into a demon- strator for factory testing and design review. www.smithsdetection.com
Photo: Smiths Detection
Apilot Autopilot: New Nav Tech for Autonomous Ships
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland is developing steering for the remote-monitored and controlled autono- mous ships of the future. The new technology has been developed for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically. The Apilot autopilot under development by VTT has three modes: track, heading and slow joystick control e.g. for docking situations. In the ‘track mode,’ Apilot steers the ship along a previously agreed route. If the ship detects another vessel, which must be avoided, the autopilot switches to ‘heading mode.’ This en- ables Apilot to avoid the other vessel with a small change in the ship’s heading. Autopilot returns to track mode after the other vessel has been avoided. In the ‘joystick mode,’ control and propulsion equipment are adjusted to low speeds maneuverings. www.vtt.?
A New Formula for Voyage Planning
Aiming to change the way mariners manage back of bridge systems, Nautisk has developed
NaviPlanner, an integrated end-to-end voyage planning solution which utilizes touch-screen functionality and uses cloud technology based on the Microsoft Azure platform.
“NaviPlanner is designed to make the opera- tional task of planning and managing voyages a simpler, more effective process, from start to ? nish,” said Kjetil Bentsen, Head of Nautisk’s product development and technical team. “Us- ing compliant navigational chart data and digi- tal publications, NaviPlanner allows bridge of- ? cers and shore-based staff to utilize the latest in navigation technology whilst being assured that all data is up to date and compliant. Using big data, crowdsourcing and machine learning we are able to create the most innovative voy- age planner to date.” www.nautisk.com
Real-time Maritime Tracking exactEarth Ltd. launched ex- actView RT powered by Harris (exactView RT) – a persistent re- al-time Satellite AIS service. ex- actView RT consists of a system of more than 60 maritime sat- ellite payloads, designed, built and operated by Harris Corpora- tion which are hosted onboard the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites. TInitially, the system is tracking more than 250,000
AIS-equipped vessels around the world including Class B AIS device transmissions utilizing exactTrax technology. www.exactearth.com www.harris.com © ET1972 / Adobe Stock photo www.marinelink.com 55
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