Supported by Innovation Norway, the agreement will see the development of digitised products and services across a testbed of 50 vessels. The aim is to eventually implement the products across the company's fleet of 250 ships.
'Cepa Shield,' as the project is known, will bring together research and development teams from Dualog's innovation environment and that of the NYK Group company MTI.Co. Ltd. The teams will work to maximize the efficiency of ship-to-shore communications, both in-house and with third-party managers and solutions providers. Data security and exchange are of highest importance.
The system will collect a variety of traffic information such as accessing servers from each application service. These will be merged into a monitoring system that will make it easy to determine what is going on and make it easier to take action if necessary.
According to Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO, Dualog, several features have already been delivered with additional elements to follow. These include tools for simplification of larger-scale distribution of software through automated systems for downloading and upgrading.
"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," Lind-Olsen said.
The project is set to run until the end of 2021.