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WÄRTSILÄ VOYAGE TEAMS UP WITH MICROSOFT

WÄRTSILÄ VOYAGE TEAMS UP WITH MICROSOFT

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 

Wärtsilä Voyage has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft, and through integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, the company plans to accelerate its efforts towards industrialising IoT for shipping through a highly scalable cyber-secure platform.

This collaboration signals Wärtsilä Voyage’s focus towards the deployment of streamlined Intelligent Edge technology, an essential enabler to meet the industry’s decarbonisation targets as well as large-scale application of autonomous technology.

Sean Fernback, President, Wärtsilä Voyage and EVP Wärtsilä, said: “The maritime world is entering the digital era where mutualising our investments into common platforms and standards are a prerequisite to successful innovations for a more sustainable and efficient maritime industry. The Wärtsilä common platform will act as an enabler to deploy future technology for autonomy and emissions reduction. We want to focus our efforts on those fields with commonly shared standards that give vessels easier access to innovative solutions.”

Pierre Guillemin, VP Technology Office, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “The same way smartphone and some automobile manufacturers are able to update, deploy new features, and improve their systems remotely, the new generation of digital ships needs to constantly adapt, update to keep up with their evolving ecosystems while staying cyber secure at all times.”

The Wärtsilä platform will enable immediate access to the latest solutions onboard. Asset commissioning, diagnostic, updates, and upgrades will be performed remotely — streamlining maintenance, speeding up deployment, and increasing vessel uptime. Wärtsilä will integrate several Microsoft Security and IoT solutions to strengthen the platform with monitoring, security updates and asset management services.

Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft EMEA, said: “Wärtsilä Voyage is innovating with solutions that reduce carbon emissions and enhance autonomous shipping. Its vision of the secure and connected vessel will be anchored by Microsoft IoT Edge and Security solutions. We look forward to help drive this significant step in the industry’s transformation.”

Wärtsilä Voyage will accelerate its efforts towards building an open development environment with standardised data formats and APIs that reduce fragmentation, integrate systems to reduce the complexity of digital services lifecycle, and have multi-layered cybersecurity built into every smart ship and maritime ecosystem solution. Building on Wärtsilä Voyage’s existing IoT experience, the collaboration will further help unlock autonomous capabilities.

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