Shipboard situational awareness tool launched

Nov 24 2017

ABB has unveiled a situational awareness solution aimed at making vessel operations safer and more efficient.

It can be used by officers anywhere on board and marks the next step towards remotely controlled and ultimately autonomous ships, ABB claimed.


The patented ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision incorporates the latest advances in sensor technology and computer vision to offer multiple real-time visuals of a vessel’s surroundings.


A virtual model of the ship is superimposed on real surroundings, making it possible to see the operation from a third person’s perspective. The officer can switch between views instantaneously, making it easier to predict vessel motions and be alert to previously hidden obstacles or collision risks.


“The launch of ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision addresses an important step in the ongoing digitalisation of ship operations,” said Juha Koskela, ABB Marine & Ports managing director.“This new solution indicates an important landmark in ABB’s digital strategy and offering for our customers.”


“Computer vision has advanced significantly in recent years. With this new solution, ABB is leveraging that in order to present the ship and its environment in ways beyond ordinary perception. Crucially, we can do this in real-time in an intuitive fashion, which does not distract the crew from their work. In this sense, Ability Marine Pilot Vision extends the capabilities of the human senses,” said Mikko Lepisto, senior vice president of digital solutions at ABB Marine & Ports.“The solution can easily be installed on conventional vessels to improve situational awareness. What’s more, it enables new shoreside remote services, as well as totally new design options for new vessels, as it provides unrestricted views of the surroundings from any location on board and even on shore."


“ABB believes that the next generations of vessels will be electric, digital and connected. Our recent fuel cell solution launch and ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision give substance to this,” Koskela added.”Ultimately, Vision delivers a completely new user experience in ship operations. It also brings remotely-operated or unmanned ships into clear view. Unmanned ships will be dependent on fault tolerant and reconfigurable critical systems. Fuel cells, energy storage and renewable energy solutions fit perfectly with these targets, without compromising energy efficiency.” 

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