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AI based marine traffic control tested in Singapore

15 April 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Thomas Wakelin
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A 'dynamic risk hotspot' predicted by the AI system

Fujitsu has announced the results of a field trial conducted with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) which employed Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyse marine traffic risks in the Singapore Strait, to predict potential collisions before they happen and increase the lead time in advising vessels on avoidance measures.

The ‘Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai’ system detects ship collision risks based on data collected from the port waterways and predicts areas where those risks are concentrated as ‘dynamic risk hotspots’, the company says.

Fujitsu aims to market the system for use within a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) infrastructure, to assist maritime traffic controllers to proactively manage the movement of vessels near shore. Commercial services are expected to commence from 2020.

The Japanese company says it will present the outcomes of its research and testing in Singapore at the IALA e-Navigation Information Services and Communications (ENAV) 23rd Committee Meeting in Singapore this week, to introduce the concept to a wider audience.

VTS centres that manage marine traffic commonly rely on anti-collision warnings using closest point of approach techniques, detecting potential problems and notifying ships when they get unusually close to one another.

Fujitsu says that the addition of AI analytics will help to improve management of these collision risks even further, particularly as vessel operations and interactions become more complex in high-density vessel traffic areas.

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