In­marsat joins Rolls Royce in € 6.6m au­ton­o­mous ship project

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In­marsat has just an­nounced its par­tic­i­pa­tion in Rolls Royce’s re­cently launched AAWA ini­tia­tive. This is a Tekes* funded project that will bring uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tutes, ship own­ers and other stake­hold­ers to­gether to ex­plore and ad­dress the eco­nomic, so­cial, le­gal, reg­u­la­tory and tech­no­log­i­cal fac­tors in­volved in mak­ing au­ton­o­mous ships a re­al­ity. In­marsat’s role in the project is to pro­vide the satel­lite communications link and plat­form, con­sid­ered es­sen­tial to re­mote con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Data trans­fer be­tween ships, as well as from ships and shore- based con­trol cen­tres, is one of the key de­vel­op­ment ar­eas for re­mote con­trolled and au­ton­o­mous ship re­search. Run­ning from 2015 to the end 2017, the AAWA ( Ad­vanced Au­ton­o­mous Wa­ter­borne Ap­pli­ca­tions Ini­tia­tive) will build on ex­ist­ing ship- to- ship and ship- to- shore com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms and their ef­fec­tive­ness for sup­port­ing re­mote con­trol func­tion­al­ity.

* Fin­nish Fund­ing Agency for Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion

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