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Thursday, October 10, 2019 

A digital innovation which assesses the psychological and emotional health of crew of a large containership operators is one of seven safetytech trials being showcased by Lloyd's Register's Safety Accelerator programme.

To date, the programme has launched a total of 10 new digital innovation trials addressing real, critical safety and risk challenges across the Energy, Marine and Offshore and Infrastructure industries. The trials involve startups and corporate industry partners, selected by the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator. The safety technology trials last approximately three-months, as the startups work with the corporate partners to pilot unique digital solutions.

The Accelerator hosted an inaugural Showcase to celebrate its one-year milestone, featuring pitches from seven of the programme’s safetytech startups, who shared pilot learnings and demonstratedr solutions.

The global Safety Accelerator programme, a joint initiative of Lloyd’s Register, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and run in partnership with innovation platform Plug and Play Tech Center, selected its first startup cohort in September 2018. The programme has received 400 applications since then, with 40 advancing through theselection process.

Austin-based startup is showcasing its pilot, run in collaboration with Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL). In an innovation challenge run in conjunction with the Safety Accelerator, PIL sought new digital solutions to assess crew's psychological and emotional health before starting an important task or scheduled watch, to ensure their safety and fitness for duty, and to prevent injury, death or damage to property or the environment.

David Zakariaie, CEO, Senseye, said: “Before the Safety Accelerator, we had never considered the possible application of our technology for the Marine and Offshore sector. We are looking forward to working with PIL to adapt our technology to help improve safety onboard vessels and well as explore a new market for our company.”

Maurizio Pilu, VP of Digital Innovation, Lloyd’s Register, said: “As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, the engagement of our clients, the quality and number of startups involved, and the resultant pilots are a testament to the strength and importance of the Safety Accelerator to these industrial sectors. I am particularly proud of the expert guidance provided by LR throughout, from helping our clients in the definition of their challenges, to targeting technology areas, to startup selection and subsequent pilot project definition and execution.”

Richard Clegg, Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “Accelerating the uptake and application of technology for the benefit of society is one of the pillars in the Foundation’s strategy. The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator offers a great way to achieve this by bringing together people with challenges with those that have solutions. It’s a win-win, and in the process makes the world a safer place. I’m excited to see what innovative investable ideas come out of it.”

“We want to make the world a safer place. Throughout the past year we have seen real world challenges being solved by the introductions made in this program,” said Michael Olmstead, Chief Revenue Office at Plug and Play. “When you bring together high-quality startups and corporations interested in making change, magic can happen.”

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