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Thursday, November 21, 2019 

Tromsų-based Dualog and Tokyo-headquartered shipping company NYK have signed a long-term Industrial Research and Development project agreement, supported by Innovation Norway, which will see the development of digitised products and services across a testbed of 50 vessels with a view to eventually being rolled out across the company-owned fleet of 250 ships.

The accord follows a strategic partnership both companies signed in 2017, which focused on pushing the boundaries for automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data analysis. ‘Cepa Shield,’ as the project is known, will bring together R&D teams from Dualog’s innovation environment and that of the NYK  Group company MTI. Drawing on Dualog’s digital platform, the teams will work to ensure maximum efficiency in the way systems between ship and shore communicate, both in-house and with third-party managers and solutions providers. The role of the user will be explored and tested thoroughly to ensure maximum efficiency – with data security and exchange at the top of the agenda.

Apart from meeting the secured ship-to-shore data exchange needs of NYK, the project’s development work, which is scheduled to last until the end of 2021, will generate enhanced services that Dualog can add to its own portfolio that will benefit its other clients and shipping in general.

The project meets Innovation Norway's criteria covering the development of new, international initiatives that will benefit the global shipping and maritime sectors while forging stronger bonds between Japan and Norway. Results from the 50-vessel trial will be passed to developers within Dualog and MTI for assessment and further development.

According to Dualog, a number of tools will be implemented to effectively gather instant user feedback – especially regarding the areas they may be struggling with. Cyber security will be of the highest importance, monitoring and protecting the traffic being crucial, in accordance with international guidelines such as the IMO 2021 security recommendations. Traffic information accessed from servers for each application service will be merged into a monitoring system that will make it easy to assess and take action for any eventuality.

Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO of Dualog, said: “What we will be achieving is controlling communication at a new level, regarding protocols and security, but also in the way we will integrate different communications equipment onboard ship. We will also look at the way we want to dynamically control the bandwidth so we can undertake traffic shaping between different services.”

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