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LR launches Safety Accelerator challenges

The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator has opened a call to find new innovations to improve safety of life and assets, with up to four start-up winners to receive trial funding for their systems under separate categories.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The winners will also be given the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners to accelerate the development of their technologies, with the partners for this challenge round to include Scorpio, Pacific International Lines, Infratek and Odfjell Drilling.

The winning entrepreneurs will retain 100 per cent of their IP and receive access to domain expertise and entrepreneurial support to help bring their system to market.

The Marine Incident Insights challenge will partner with Scorpio, aiming to help ship operators gather and analyse data about crew behaviour and the onboard work environment to develop a deeper understanding of why wrong decisions happen.

The Determining Master’s and Crew’s Psychological and Emotional Health challenge will partner with Pacific International Lines (PIL), looking for new methods to assess the psychological and emotional wellbeing of individual crew members in real-time whilst they are onboard.

The AI-Driven Real-Time Error Detection challenge will partner with Infratek, seeking new systems to offer real-time feedback to infrastructure workers to ensure a job is done completely and correctly before leaving a site.

Finally, the Video Detection of Physical Asset Changes to Prevent Falling Objects challenge will partner with Odfjell Drilling, and will look for ways to enable oil and gas drilling operators to use drilling sites’ existing closed-circuit camera network to detect significant changes to a rig’s infrastructure that could result in falling objects injuring workers and damaging the asset.

“Digital technology is transforming the world in which we and our industry partners operate, providing the opportunity to develop radical, life-saving tools and approaches,” said Maurizio Pilu, vice president of digital innovation, Lloyd’s Register.

“The Safety Accelerator brings together start-ups and the industry to work together to explore these opportunities and test innovative digital solutions to some of the toughest safety and risk challenges, and accelerate the adoption of cutting edge safetytech to create safer working environments, and a safer world.”

The deadline for applications is 19 October, 2018. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a live pitch and Q&A with a panel of judges taking place in London on 28 November 2018. The launch of trials for successful applicants is scheduled to take place in February 2019.{/mprestriction}

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