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Korean european innov. Portable pilot unit(kei.Pop):improving situational awareness of pilots in crowded pilotage area

In a joint effort extensive maritime information in maritime procedures shall be gathered, combined and supplied to all maritime stakeholders. Results of research projects for maritime sensor fusion and data transfer serve to improve situational awareness using enhanced portable pilot units.

Efficiency and dependability are the cornerstones of modern logistic systems. Tight supply chains require fully synchronized intermodal transportation. Ship operators, maritime traffic management and logistics provider have to safely coordinate ship movements and seek to improve traffic flow, synchronize port operations and the hinterland transport. Dependability of sea transportation is vital for its competitiveness. Trends like Industry 4. foster penetration of the system by smart sensors and embedded systems, information exchange via internet technology and intelligent analysis and optimization based on a live operational picture. To utilize its full potential vessels and VTS centers have to be regarded as an interconnected system of systems to make use of sensors on board and on shore for cooperative organization and decision making for safer, greener and more reliable maritime transportation. Results are effective vessel operation, efficient usage of the maritime infrastructure, an exact calculation of estimated time of arrival to synchronize port operations, hinterland transportation and industrial production. A good approach to bring innovation at sea is to bring technology on board by the pilots. Therefore, in maritime operations today, Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) are used on board as decision-support tools when ships are maneuvering under pilotage. They are networked devices, which are able to access information from different sources without using the ship’s own systems. Established PPU provide currently electronic nautical charts, differential GPS, and data like AIS (Automatic Identification System) targets along with calculation of passing distance to other vessels (CPA, TCPA), tidal and weather data and quality indicators about the accuracy of the information provided. Planning of routes is supported by waypoint-based functions while predictions about interpolated future positions, based on the speed and rate of turn are possible. KRISO developed an innovative visualization scheme for CPA and TCPA which. uses time-series graphs to provide pilots with enhanced situational awareness in crowded waters such as pilotage areas. The scheme maintains complexity of collision detection as a constant even though the number of encountering ships increases. Various further information are gathered, integrated and available at the site of vessel traffic services (VTS), which collect sensor data as i.e. AIS and Radar signals, CCTV images and which are using means as VHF to organize vessel traffic within a VTS area. Interconnected PPUs and VTS-Systems are the enabler for efficient and save transportation in intensely used waterways. This project will develop a standardized communication platform for vessel to vessel to shore (PPU / VTS) data exchange, the Maritime Cloud and develops new services for safe traffic management and synchronized integration in supply chain. The research partners in this project proposal are key partners in projects like COSINUS, EfficienSea2 , Mona Lisa/Sea Traffic Management in Europe and in SmartNav in Korea and partnering in the Maritime Cloud Development Forum (MCDF) to develop the concepts of the Maritime Cloud.. With this project the Maritime Cloud is on its first commercial rollout. OFF, ETR and KRI will support 7CS, INA and SAN to make use of this innovative technology to interconnect vessels (PPUs) to VTS centers. This allows 7CS, INA and SAN to offer new services like route exchange (ship side) and traffic management (shore side) as well as an exchange of Maritime Safety Information. It fits to the strategic contribution of german pilots and the Korean initiative to provide especially NONSOLAS vessels with maritime safety information SMART-NAV . The industrial partners are early enablers and pacemaker for introducing Industry 4.0 to the sea for safer, efficient and greener transportation.
Acronym: 
KEIPOP
Project ID: 
10 745
Start date: 
01-10-2016
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
2 360 000.00€
Technological Area: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMS TECHNOLOGY
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.