Japanese research institute MTI has started developing a smart shipping platform incorporating Internet of Things technology. It is working with classification society ClassNK and the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association on developing an open platform for the collation and processing of shipboard data and implementing smart shipping applications.
There are 34 members and nine observation organisations involved in the MTI-led Smart Ship Application Platform (SSAP) 2 project. MTI is designing a prototype of a ship-to-shore open platform for data analysis and application of various services for enhancing onboard operations and efficiency. ClassNK is providing a ship data centre for analysis of ship equipment data, while Terasaki Electric, Uzushio Electric and Furuno Electric are leading a standardisation team.
According to MTI senior general manager Hideyuki Ando, the SSAP2 project will develop a platform that involves a local area network (LAN) on a ship for connecting voyage data recorders, ecdis, engine data loggers and ballast control systems to another LAN that will connect Internet of Things applications. This would feed to services such as engine monitoring, remote maintenance, performance monitoring, trim optimisation, energy efficient autopilots and weather routeing. The two LANS would be connected to a shipboard data server.
“We extend this to a shore-side platform in our project. We expect to have a data centre for processing and accessing of data, and access for service providers and users,” said Dr Ando at a presentation during the SMM congress in Hamburg. “The benefits are: application providers can easily provide onboard and shore applications; equipment manufacturers can provide remote maintenance services; shipowners’ investment costs for onboard applications will be lower; shipyards and equipment manufacturers can collect data and have a better understanding for service performances; shipowners can manage and control ship data transmissions to shore; and standard format and protocol will enhance application development.”
MTI has started trialling the ship data centre and begun research into utilising Internet of Things technology this year. It expects to commence standardisation work and operating the ship data centre in 2017.