Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has carried out a trial run of a next-generation, onboard internet of things (IoT) platform in collaboration with the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), and NTT Data.
The proof-of-concept experiment was conducted aboard a domestic coastal vessel, Hidaka, which is owned and operated by NYK Group’s Kinkai Yusen Kaisha unit.
The test involved the use of a ship information management system (SIMS) that was previously developed by NYK Group’s NYK and MTI arms as part of a joint collaboration.
SIMS is designed to collect, monitor and share detailed data between the ship and shore in order to promote safe operations.
It primarily provides information regarding the operational condition and performance of oceangoing vessels.
In addition, the latest experiment is based on a collaboration that initially began in September last year among the four companies.
The initiative aims to use NTT’s edge-computing technology to develop a next-generation onboard IoT platform by adding SIMS to create a new system, which is intended to enable the remote distribution and management of on-board applications from land offices.
Furthermore, the collaboration has also leveraged NTT Data’s ANYSENSE IoT platform and related capabilities to develop infrastructure using IoT solutions.
The newly developed platform is compliant with the onboard IoT international standardisation of the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association.
The data provided by the platform can be used both on-board and from the IoT open platform ShipDC, which is a ship data centre established by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK).
NYK and its partners are expected to conduct a proof-of-concept experiment of the IoT platform on an oceangoing vessel operated by NYK Group as part of the project’s next phase.