Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) researchers are leading a Finnish IoT project to optimize the shipping industry and vessel maintenance.
The two-year research project funded by the Academy of Finland, includes the Finnish Meteorological Institute and technology enterprise Eniram.
“With the Industrial Internet of Things, the operation and maintenance of vessels could in the future be more anticipated, economical and timely. Large cruise ships could change their routes as needed and avoid poor weather conditions. In the aviation industry, these aspects have been taken further than in maritime transport, where different actors have traditionally been isolated from each other. Therefore, there is a great deal of room for optimisation,” explains Heikki Haario, Professor of Applied Mathematics, LUT.
The research project will combine Eniram’s data analytics, academic research and the services of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in a novel fashion.
The project’s particle swarm optimisation forecasting and data measured on ships will be used in two ways: to optimise vessel navigation and to increase the accuracy of short-term local weather forecasts.
The results will also be used for monitoring the condition of ships, fault diagnosis and maintenance planning. The modelling-based computation will take place in both cloud services and locally on ships.
For example, when data has been collected on vessel navigation, weather conditions and fuel flows, a mathematical model can be devised on the vessel’s consumption. The models strive to optimise the operation of ships to reduce consumption and emissions.
This project will further develop new statistical modelling methods to combining data from different sources and consequently build models in situations where vessel-specific data is scarce.
According to the researchers, this enables the analysis of ships where the instalment of a data collection platform is not practical. The project aims to conquer the global market.
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