Future vision for land-based control centres

Mon, 11 April 2016

Rolls-Royce has unveiled its vision of land-based control centres that it believes will remotely monitor and control the unmanned ships of the future.

In a six minute film, Rolls-Royce presents a vision of the future in which a small crew of 7 to 14 people monitor and control the operation of a fleet of vessels using interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship.

Eija Kaasinen, principal scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, said: “The autonomous ship does not mean removing human beings entirely from the picture, as is sometimes stated. Unmanned ships need to be monitored and controlled and this will require entirely new kinds of work roles, tasks, tools and environments.”

The film marks the final stage of research that will inform the design and construction of a project demonstrator before the end of the decade. It is the latest in a series of films developed to present Rolls-Royce’s vision of future of ship operations known as the ‘oX’ operator experience concept introduced in 2014.

The research was undertaken by VTT and the University based research centre Tampere Unit for Computer Human Interaction (TAUCHI), in collaboration with Rolls-Royce.

It uses the innovative InnoLeap approach, a VTT and Rolls-Royce-developed initiative for concept design and presenting academic studies in a graphic format.

Remote and autonomous ships are one of three elements of the company’s Ship Intelligence strategy which should allow operators to harness the power of big data.

Source: Anne-Marie Causer

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