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ABB to combine software platforms

ABB has launched an updated maritime software analytics platform bringing together ABB’s EMMA and OCTOPUS applications into one software package, under the OCTOPUS banner.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}External information, such as weather or cargo load parameters, can be combined with the ship’s process and propulsion information to provide what the company calls a ‘digital hub’ for vessel data that can gather an unlimited number of signals from onboard sensors.

ABB believes that it is well placed to offer this kind of centralised data collection as it already manufactures hardware with sensors and many of the measuring instruments that feed information to OCTOPUS.

OCTOPUS is currently installed on more than 400 vessels, providing users with data about trim, bunker transfer, fuel consumption, power plant optimisation, electricity use, speed advice, propulsion power analysis and hull cleanliness.

“For the first time we are bringing together two important features in the marine industry, energy efficiency optimisation and safe voyage execution, into the same software and analytics platform,” said Mikko Lepistö, senior vice president of vessel information and control at ABB.

“One of the advantages of OCTOPUS is that it is scalable, meaning it can be adapted for vessels depending on the complexity.  One aspect that remains largely unchanged for ABB’s marine software across vessel types is the short payback, which is around one year.”{/mprestriction}

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