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Two year iSea R&D project launched

A two-year R&D project called iSea has been announced by a consortium of companies in Denmark and Turkey, with the aim of improving efficiency in ship operations and safer navigation through the delivery of a set of Expert Decision Support Systems (EDSS) for vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The iSea programme has been approved for funding by the Eurostars programme, and will be led by Danish company Danelec Marine. Other participants include Vessel Performance Solutions, also based in Denmark, as well as Turkish companies i-Marine Technologies and Research, and Deniztekno Danismanlik Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Bilgisayar.

The EDSS aim to leverage telematics systems for real-time transfer of data from ship to shore. The main goals will be to increase fuel efficiency in open waters, facilitate near-shore navigation and reduce human errors, especially in difficult conditions.

The R&D programme will commence in January 2017 and run for two years, including a period of sea trials of the new EDSS.

“A critical element for an Expert Decision Support System for ship navigation is the availability of real-time data from shipboard sensors and systems,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.

“As a part of the iSea initiative, Danelec Marine is investigating an alternative type of communication which would give a subscriber access to real-time data within limits set by the system administrator.”

The real-time data solution will build on Danelec’s VDRConnect technology, used for remote push-through and pull-through data retrieval from shipboard systems and sensors.

Eurostars is a European joint programme that supports international innovation projects by small- and medium-sized enterprises. It is co-funded from the national budgets of 34 EUREKA countries and the European Union, with a total public budget of €1.14 billion for the period 2014-2020.

EUREKA is an intergovernmental network launched in 1985 to support market-oriented R&D and innovation projects.{/mprestriction}

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