ClassNK and e5 Lab have signed a joint research agreement on cybersecurity and will conduct a proof of concept (PoC) on ‘Marindows’, a comprehensive digital platform for ships being developed by e5 Lab.
In a statement the companies said e5 is developing comprehensive digital platform for ships that consists of connection and applications necessary for the robotisation of ships.
Marindows not only significantly improves the safety, productivity and efficiency of ships but also enables them to evolve at the speed that software develops, rather than at the speed of hardware as has often been the case.
Hirofumi Takano, ClassNK, Executive Vice-President, Director of Innovation Development Division, said, “We are very pleased to sign this joint research agreement with e5 Lab, who is engaged in cutting-edge digital initiatives, and be involved in such an advanced project.
“Cybersecurity measures must be widely implemented since the comprehensive digital platform forships needs to connect various devices and systems on board.
“Through this joint research, we would like to verify the best practices that the Society has jointly established with cooperating organizations, together with the e5 Lab experts, and use the knowledge obtained to establish standards for comprehensive digital platform for ships.”
Yasumasa Suetsugu, e5, Chief Technology Officer, also commented, “e5 Lab will create new value and business in “environment (EV)” and “digital (Marindows)”, the growing industries of the 21st century.
“Working with the best partners domestically and overseas, Marindows will bring unprecedented innovation to the maritime industry.
“By considering cyber security together with ClassNK, a cybersecurity expert in the maritime industry, we will expand the speed and scale of the digital revolution in the maritime industry that starts with Marindows.
“Digital and cyber security must be considered as a set, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to actively collaborate with ClassNK”.