The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology is beginning to improve almost every way we live today. Smart assistants, like Google Home and Alexa, have increased connectivity to household applications like showers and fridges. In cities - the most significant contributors to environmental damage - IoT-based systems are helping to increase energy efficiency. The future of human existence is one of vastly increased connectivity and that extends to industries like commercial and industrial shipping. Smart vessels are already in operation and the technology is only going to continue developing.
The Current Technology Driving Smart Vessels
Smart vessels are already, in part, on the seas at the moment. Although the IoT-based systems are not comprehensive across the entire industry, elements are beginning to be employed.
For example, some shipping companies are using digital currencies as a means to provide ease of payment for their customers. Utilising smart technologies to improve customer experience is already proven and in action. Customers on cruise ships are now able to utilise smart tech to secure their rooms, order room service, make reservations, check the weather of their destination and much more. From security to entertainment, the customer journey is improving via the IoT.
In terms of logistics, both commercial and industrial vessels can track their energy usage and any potential maintenance issues via smart technology. This means that smart vessels can become more energy-efficient and savings can be made on fuel as well as repair work.
How Smart Vessels Will Look In The Future
Although the above technologies are already making huge improvements for the industry, the ultimate goal for smart vessels is full-automation. Experts in the industry expect remotely-operated smart vessels to be a regular sight on the open-sea by 2030.
Much of the technology required to make these smart vessels a reality already exist. The network of sensors required to drive vessels autonomously are already available. AI is the area which needs to be developed more quickly. In the near future, a ‘virtual captain’ will be making route decisions to ensure the safety of all passengers and goods. Combined with the aforementioned IoT-based smart vessel systems, an entire voyage from setting sail to arrival will be an automated process.
My Oxygen: Providing Solutions Which Can Improve Smart Vessels
MyOxygen is a team of app designers and developers, with experience working in both the defence and engineering sectors. We are strong believers in the idea that mobile technology can improve life for everyone. We’ve worked with the Ministry of Defence to explore ways in which mobile applications and technologies can be used within the Royal Navy.