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Fujitsu Powers Big Data at Sea with New Platform

Builds industry-first maritime Big Data Platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai for use by maritime businesses, which aggregates ship and marine weather data

Fujitsu has built a maritime big data platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, an international ship classification society also known as Class NK available from April 2016. The platform collects and accumulates machinery operational data from moving vessels, such as engine data, as well as marine weather information, as big data. This enables maritime businesses such as ship operators and shipyards to extract data about vessels under navigation, as needed. This will enable, for example, operations personnel to predict malfunctions using engine operations data, or to achieve more energy-efficient operations using voyage data and marine weather data.

With the development of broadband communications at sea, it has become possible to collect and monitor navigational information and information from sensors mounted on ship equipment and machinery. There has also been a focus on new efforts using data, such as energy-efficient operations and malfunction diagnosis. When these systems are built separately, however, their use is restricted to a few ships and maritime businesses due to the burden of cost and effort, such as data use agreements and strong security measures.

As per the press release, this maritime big data platform, the first shared platform in the maritime industry, will be operated as a data center service by Ship Data Center, a subsidiary of ClassNK established in December 2015. Fujitsu will support the further effective use of ship data by expanding the functionality of this maritime big data platform, contributing to the further development of the maritime industry. This new ship data center, operated by Ship Data Center, is the industry’s first effort that provides collected data as a shared platform to promote broad data use in the maritime industry.

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