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Maritime 4.0: Data digitisation and visibility improves situational awareness

In an age of digital transformation, maritime data digitalisation and standardisation have become paramount to supporting changes along the entire chain of information processing.

Without digital data sets, maritime operators will be unable to meet today’s demands – let alone the demands of tomorrow. To operate
efficiently and safely in the Maritime 4.0 world, port authorities and commercial companies need the ability to process digital data and integrate it with critical business systems and workflows.

Digitalisation is a key requirement for maritime operators

Much like the fourth industrial revolution, the concept of Maritime 4.0 uses new and disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual reality and IoT devices and applications. And while many maritime operators, and the industry overall, have been slow to adopt these important technologies, recently the pace of adopting and implementing digitalisation strategies is quickly growing and taking hold.

Understanding the need for data harmonisation and standardisation across the maritime industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched the e-Navigation initiative, which defines maritime services by different categories of digitalisation services in clusters.

Within this same context, the International Port Collaborative Decision Making (PortCDM) Council (IPCDMC) promotes port collaborative decision making, which takes advantage of digitisation to
increase situational awareness for port and hinterland operators. In its MS4 – Port Support Service definition, the IMO has noted both S-211 as well as the IPCDMC.

Along with the IPCDMC, the Maritime Connectivity Platform consortium aims to further the implementation of digital maritime services.

Digital data sharing for enhanced decision making covers the maritime aspects of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.

Building upon the notion of digital data streams, the need for the maritime domain to define and standardise the when, where, who, what, why and how on events is addressed.

In this technical paper Michael Bergmann, Maritime Domain Consultant, Hexagon, talks about data in today’s maritime industry and Hexagon’s involvement in the HORIZON 2020 – Maritime Integrated Surveillance Awareness (MARISA) Project.

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