Soldecom’s paper accepted at the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) SmartShip 2017 conference

Soldecom’s submitted paper to the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) SmartShip 2017 conference, with title “AN OPEN FRAMEWORK FOR SMART SHIP APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT” has been accepted for publication by the organizing committee.

The SmartShip 2017 conference is the 2nd international conference to further explore some of the key issues and themes for the Smart Ship architecture.

Developments in both information and communication technologies (ITC) have had a significant effect on many industries within the last decade. However, it is now just starting to impact the shipping industry. ITC will enable some of the most fundamental changes to the way ships are designed and operated. While there are still technical issues to overcome it’s the non-technical hurdles such as economic and legal considerations that will define the rate of this progress.

The concept of Smart Ships covers a whole range of possibilities from predictive maintenance, performance optimisation, decision support tools, increased automation and robotics, unmanned remote or autonomous ship operation.

Following is the abstract of the paper

This paper is focused on the implementation of an open framework for Smart Ship applications development & deployment based on Hybrid Cloud architecture, & the IoT Fog paradigm. Our approach, contrary to the current concept that involves collection of on-ship sensor data & their transition for processing and consolidation in shore-based clouds, focuses on creating an onboard private cloud & moving the processing closer to the data generation sources. As a result, we create an entity that can operate autonomously, with facilities to capture, store, process & serve, ship, cargo and other sensor data, to local and remote actors via suitable communication networks. Additionally the ship may consume data services from third parties to augment its operations on an autonomous basis. We conclude by highlighting some practical issues regarding onboard accommodation of the sorts of computer and communications facilities we describe, and point to useful emerging industry frameworks & guidelines.

More info about the conference and how to attend can be found at the RINA website