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Dobroflot to implement onboard IoT system

Russian fishing fleet operator Dobroflot is to deploy an IoT system from Orange Business Services onboard its ships, to optimise fuel consumption, analyse weather and monitor vessel positions by sending IoT data via VSAT to shore.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Dobroflot says it will initially pilot the IoT solution on a single vessel before rolling it out across eight vessels in the fleet. The pilot will assess how the system can assist in accurately monitoring fuel consumption online while at sea, as well as during bunkering and refuelling.

It will also be used to help the crew to reduce commercial losses by continuously monitoring the vessel’s main engine, its auxiliary diesel generators and boilers.

The IoT system was developed by Orange Business Services in conjunction with Technodar, a Russian company specialising in fuel consumption monitoring systems and satellite transport monitoring.

Technodar leverages Coriolis flow meter technology to measure mass flowing through a pipe, from which sensors can feed measurements directly to the IoT system, which then sends data back to shore via an onboard VSAT terminal. The system requires no initial investment from Dobroflot, who will pay a monthly subscription for the service.

“The savings from Orange Business Services’ IoT solution will have a significant impact on our bottom line, as around half of a vessel’s operating costs are related to fuel. An active IoT system on board our vessels will enable us to collect data in real time and map the most efficient routes,” said Evgeny Stepanov, CTO, Dobroflot.{/mprestriction}

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