Kongsberg Digital has been awarded by UIPA, the South Korean Information and Communication Technology Promotion Agency, a contract to supply a fully-featured bridge simulator for a new autonomous ship research facility in Ulsan, South Korea.
The high-fidelity simulator, due for installation in November 2019, has been designed for research and development (R&D) of navigational equipment and display systems.
It will facilitate testing of autonomous vessel technologies in a safe virtual environment before trials in a designated autonomous ship test bed.
The simulation contract will be delivered through maritime ICT convergence specialist eMARINE Global.
The new system, which is based on Kongsberg Digital’s industry-proven K-Sim Navigation platform, will deliver a radar signal interface function, high-fidelity visual and physical simulation, and software for navigation analysis, equipment test and evaluation.
The company will supply an area database for the virtual ‘Ulsan Port’, and a modelling tool enabling new simulator vessel models to be built from the ground up.
The South Korean government will invest approximately US$110 million in the project over the next three years and aims to start start operations in 2023.
According to a statement, the delivery will also include development of new software to integrate external inputs such as GPS and wave sensors, as well as an API interface to permit simulation data transfer to other systems.
Tone-Merete Hansen, senior vice president at Kongsberg Digital said: “Kongsberg Digital’s suite of simulators have a huge potential in the maritime research and development sector.
“The K-Sim technology platform, with its physics-based modelling, incredibly realistic vessel behaviour and virtual environment, enables testing and verification of operations to a very high level.
“Our simulation technology will support UIPA to test, verify and shape innovations in the field of autonomy.
“Other international autonomy projects have recently selected our simulation technology to carry out advanced autonomy studies, so we see a new market for advanced simulation growing.”