KNL Networks and Flicq Inc have partnered to provide internet of things (IoT) technology and communications to vessel operators
This collaboration combines KNL Networks’ communications networks with Flicq’s remote asset monitoring solution to help shipowners, operators and managers to lower operating expenditure and optimise their operations.
It delivers real-time condition monitoring information for analytics of vessel machinery, which owners can use for predictive maintenance. Flicq SmartEdge sensors will be attached to machinery using magnets to record parameters of operations.
The sensors transmit insights to KNL’s Collect device on the ship, which forwards this to crew via the onboard network. Data is then processed using artificial intelligence algorithms to extract actionable insights.
Information is also be transmitted to shore managers over KNL’s mesh communications network, which uses short-wave radio links.
“Monitoring remote assets, especially in the maritime sector, can deliver tremendous value but has historically been a challenge due to the cost and complexity of owning currently available solutions,” said Flicq chief executive Karthik Rau. “Our partnership with KNL Networks will help us quickly deliver on our vision to simplify asset monitoring in the maritime sector,” he said.
“Together, we bring expertise in IoT, artificial intelligence, security and connectivity for an end-to-end asset monitoring solution,” Mr Rau said.
KNL Networks chief executive Toni Lindén said collaboration with Flicq could can transform fleet operations. “We are able to provide real-time visibility into the health of our customers’ assets and, ultimately, of their operations,” Mr Lindén said.
“By alerting them early of any developing problems we can ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness to save them time and money,” he added.
Shipowners can use IoT information to lower maintenance costs, prevent machinery breakdowns and schedule repairs in advance to reduce ship time in port.
IoT technology and asset monitoring will be discussed during Riviera Maritime Media’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week from 12 May. Each meticulously researched and organised webinar is in response to a present vessel optimisation challenge, headache or opportunity.