This year may not see the technology start to affect our daily lives, but important companies in the supply chain have already started investing in its development. One of the biggest stories to land on PTI's news desk was the joint venture between A.P. Moller - Maersk and IBM, which will provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology and other cloud-based open source technologies including AI, IoT and analytics. PTI has also been asking some of the top supply chain industry experts what effect AI will have on container shipping. We recently found out from Dr. Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director and Founder of TBA -- an industry-leading consultancy, simulation and software specialist for ports, terminals and warehouses, that the quality of data in the shipping industry will hinder its adoption of AI technologies. But, to find out what may come in 2018, read an extract below from best-selling author and keynote speaker on business, technology and big data, Bernard Marr, who has shared his AI predictions for the year -- first published by Forbes.
I'm expanding my horizons from games to tech next week as I head off to Las Vegas for CES 2018, the big tech trade show that begins for the media on Sunday. I hope to find some interesting stories, like the one that Arnold Donald, the CEO of the world's largest cruise company, told last year as Carnival Cruises launched its Ocean Medallion wearable. That was interesting because it was an example of how technology was infiltrating a non-tech business. Technology is fading into the woodwork, as the woodwork is getting smart. The Internet of Things trend will be a huge part of the product mix.
To solve the problems, from 1991 to 1993, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Daewoo jointly conducted the Daewoo Shipbuilding Scheduling (das) Project. To integrate the scheduling expert systems for shipbuilding, we used a hierarchical scheduling architecture. To automate the dynamic spatial layout of objects in various areas of the shipyard, we developed spatial scheduling expert systems. For reliable estimation of person-hour requirements, we implemented the neural network-based person-hour estimator. In addition, we developed the paneledblock assembly shop scheduler and the longrange production planner.
A Norwegian container ship called the Yara Birkeland will be the world's first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship will be small compared to modern standards (the biggest container ship in the world holds 19,000 containers, and an average-size ship holds 3,500), but its launch will mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. This transformation could heavily impact global trade as well as the environment. The Yara Birkeland is being jointly developed by two Norwegian companies: agricultural firm Yara International, and agricultural firm, and Kongsberg Gruppen, which builds guidance systems for both civilian and military use. The ship will be equipped with a GPS and various types of sensors, including lidar, radar, and cameras--much like self-driving cars.
HOUSTON & OSLO, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arundo Analytics, a software company enabling advanced analytics in heavy industry, announced today the Fall 2017 general availability software release for its Arundo Enterprise suite. The latest release includes significant feature and functionality upgrades in Arundo's Edge Agent, Composer and Fabric software products for advanced analytics and Industrial IoT enablement. "Our Fall 2017 release further enables industrial customers in industries such as oil & gas, maritime and utilities to rapidly connect machine learning models, live data sources and business decision-makers through flexible, easy-to-use software," said Tor Jakob Ramsøy, Founder and CEO of Arundo Analytics. The Fall 2017 release follows the successful introduction of the Arundo suite to heavy industrial users starting in 2016. Arundo's customers and partners include Statoil, the Norwegian national oil company; Carnival Cruise Line, the world's largest passenger shipping company; and SICPA, the leading provider of security and authentication services to national governments worldwide.
The cruise industry is rapidly evolving to integrate the Internet of Things -- with sensors, connected devices, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing -- into the experience passengers will have, both on and off the mammoth, state-of-the-art, billion-dollar ships. It's created a veritable wearable wars that spans companies like Carnival, MSC, and Royal Caribbean, which have all implemented new technology to change the way guests interact while onboard. The initial wave in this sea change of tech can actually be traced to the indoor water park company, Great Wolf Lodge, which debuted RFID-based smart wristbands that provide visitors electronic access control and cashless payments to its resort and waterpark guests, in 2005. The technology has made its way through various parts of hospitality and travel, from theme parks to hotels, and now, cruise companies see it as one key in offering personalized service to the thousands of passengers onboard and more efficient operations for their staff. But it was the land-locked city of Orlando, Florida, home to the Walt Disney World Resort, that's had the biggest impact on what's currently happening at sea.
Wave forecasting can reduce risk and increase cost savings for the marine industry, but IBM's new tech can be applied to a variety of industries and companies. Supply chains must always factor known and unknown risk into their supply chain plans. "Marine industries are subject to huge uncertainties," Fearghal O'Donncha, IBM Researcher, told Supply Chain Dive. What we're focusing on more moving forward is how we can work with other organizations to extend it from research to an operational component that can provide value to a number of industries, such as the supply chain industry."
Hurtigruten cruise line introduces a new way to see what lurks beneath the world's most remote polar waters. On its expedition ships, the company is introducing an underwater drone that streams real-time video of orcas, leopard sharks, penguins and other creatures beneath the water. Or passengers can wear masks with digital displays that may make them feel like they're on a dive deep in the ocean Hurtigruten plans to start by outfitting two hybrid-powered ships -- the Roald Amundsen and the Fridtjof Nansen -- with the new underwater drone. "[W]ith underwater drones on our ships we can take our guests to areas less explored than the surface of Mars," company Chief Executive Daniel Skjeldam said in a statement.
Unmanned marine vehicles will use sensors & AI to crisscross the world's oceans without a crew – potentially lowering costs & improving safety for the $334B shipping sector. Autonomous ships will not only enhance global shipping capacity (lowering transport costs and fuel consumption in the process), they can also potentially lead to safer seas: Human error accounts for over 60% of shipping accidents, according to EU data. Rolls-Royce has worked extensively in the shipping sector for decades, but launched the AAWA project as part of a broad vision to make better use of "ship intelligence" – aka the data from ships' vast networks of systems and sensors. The expenses add up: Even factoring in the much-improved fuel efficiency of greener autonomous boats, the Fraunhofer Center study found that an unmanned bulk cargo carrier may be able to reduce the cost of carrying freight by only around 3.4%.
Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with internet giant Google in a move intended to help the British engineering company to develop autonomous ships. Under the terms of the deal, Rolls-Royce will use Google's Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train an AI-based object classification system that it has developed, for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects that a vessel might encounter at sea. The Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine uses the same neural net-based machine intelligence software that powers many of Google's own products, such as image and voice search. The intention is for Rolls-Royce to use Google Cloud's software to create bespoke machine learning models that can interpret the large and diverse marine data sets that the engineering company has created.