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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 

Kongsberg Digital has recently been granted a NOK24m award from Innovation Norway to support its development of cloud-based simulation solutions for teaching and practicing navigation.

According to the company, the use of increasingly advanced equipment and an elevated focus on safety and sustainability has raised the bar for innovative solutions to collect, simulate and share data to assist in optimisation of vessel operations. Kongsberg Digital believes it is central to this industrial shift, with advanced simulation technology which is already in use by several international projects focused on developing digital twins and autonomous vessels.

Hege Skryseth, President, Kongsberg Digital, said: “Digitalisation and the use of big data will play an increasingly major part in improving safety, efficiency and, not least, in contributing to more sustainable maritime operations. Kongsberg Digital is intensifying its commitment to these goals, and is now establishing a new business domain – Digital Ocean – to deliver value-generating digital solutions in close cooperation with our industry partners. This project to develop cloud-based training technology is one of many initiatives in which we will participate going forward. By combining our unique domain expertise in digital solutions with our broad experience in developing advanced simulation technology, Kongsberg Digital is in a strong position to raise the bar for quality training in the maritime industry.”

Haakon Haugli, CEO, Innovation Norway, said: “The solution developed by Kongsberg Digital has huge market potential and great scope for innovation. Norway is well placed to lead the way in digitalisation, and the value and possibilities granted by this are clearly relevant considering the Covid-19 pandemic. Kongsberg Digital has previously succeeded with development and commercialisation of cloud-based solutions, and there is good reason to believe that they will also achieve success with this project.”

By combining its simulation technology with Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-based infrastructure, Kongsberg Digital will develop a cloud-based simulation solution for navigation-related training according to the IMO’s International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). The resulting simulator will – unlike traditional simulators which are demanding in terms of space and hardware – be a cost-effective teaching tool, which can be made available to more students, at any time and in any place.

As an example, countries without the resources to invest in expensive simulators will now be able to grant students the ability to carry out online learning according to STCW requirements, and to acquire key basic skills. The cloud simulator will assist in crisis management and other advanced training, and help simplify the certificate renewal process.

The research community at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is taking part in the project, contributing to professional development and in research activities.

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