Master Supply Agreement has been signed by the two big names in maritime digitalization, Inmarsat and ABB Marine & Ports. The enforcement of this agreement will solve the problem that was indentified by the shipowners that stopped them from making use of the IoT (Internet of Things) technology.
According to a survey that was conducted by Inmarsat in 2018 with 125 owners, about 51% of the them were not able to get real time data from ships because of the obstacle relating to IoT adoption.
According to the agreement, ABB is a certified application provider for working with FleetData, the Inmarsat and Danelec Marine developed IoT platform gets information from the sensors on board, pre process that and is then uploaded to a safe cloud based database.
The meaning of the new Certified Application Provider (CAP) agreement is analytics, monitoring and decision-support software that ABB Marine & Ports has developed to improve the performance of fleet and also improve the efficiency and security of the ship, can integrate with a database without any problem through the Fleet Data Application Programming Interface (API).
“As respective leaders in the field of mobile satellite communications and marine power, control and automation technologies, Inmarsat and ABB combine connectivity and enabling applications at a scale that can be truly transformative,” said Stefano Poli, Vice President Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime.
“This deal provides further evidence of the power of Fleet Data to rise to the challenge. As a digital enabler, Fleet Data can support a myriad of applications so it is no coincidence that Inmarsat has signed agreements with digital technology majors as well as start-ups intending to shake up the industry,” he said. “Both groups recognize that developing a digital culture is about downloading and updating, not expensive ship visits and installation time.”
With the ABB’s experience in making value from the data that is collected, better reliability, efficiency and sustainability is brought in by electric, digital and connected solutions of ABB for the maritime industry. It is expected that the ABB vessel management software ABB Ability™ Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS will be the first to use the bandwidth that is available for Fleet Data.
“Collaborative operations that put our cumulative engineering knowledge, leading-edge products and remote support at the disposal of those at sea and ashore are core to the ABB Marine & Ports Service offering across a wide range of vessel types,” said Antto Shemeikka, Vice President Digital Services ABB Marine & Ports. “We see the potential for faster digitalization enabled by continuously evolving connectivity.”