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ScanReach gets $1.9M to boost onboard wireless connectivity

Innovation Norway has awarded ScanReach NOK 18.5M (USD 1.96M) for a series of development projects to make maritime and offshore operations safer and more efficient at sea through wireless connectivity. The support package is one of the largest of its kind from Innovation Norway this year.

The five pilot projects will cover enhanced personnel protection for the offshore wind industry, retrofitting ships for real time monitoring of fuel consumption, a retrofit solution for environmental monitoring of hazardous areas and rooms on board vessels, wireless sensor solutions for automatic Man Over Board (MOB) and fall detection, and enhanced personnel protection for the oil and gas industry. Partners include Olympic Shipping, REM Offshore, Havila Shipping, Peak Group, Dess Aquaculture Shipping and Awilco Drilling. The projects start in 2020 and will run until 2022.

Funding from Innovation Norway supports up to 60 per cent of total contract costs. The contracts were selected for their ability to demonstrate innovation with the potential to strengthen competitiveness in Norway, while providing clear benefits for clients. “We are pleased to be able to help ScanReach deliver the full value of this innovative Norwegian technology to customers in the maritime and offshore industry,” said Nina Broch Mathisen, regional Director in Innovation Norway Vestland.

“ScanReach has spent the last five years developing a unique technology for onboard wireless digital communication through steel. Applying this technology will be a key driver for digitalisation and optimisation of the global maritime industry, while creating enormous opportunities for value creation in the Norwegian maritime industry,” said John Roger Nesje, ScanReach CEO.

“We are pleased for the opportunity to help our project partners meet ever-increasing demands for safety and efficiency in their daily operations. The support from Innovation Norway confirms the validity of our solutions in this effort.  We believe 2020 will be a milestone in the digitalisation of the maritime industry,” Mr Nesje added.

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