Kongsberg Maritime launches digital data analysis toolkit – Digital Ship


Kongsberg Maritime (KM) launched Blue Insight, a cloud-based digital toolkit to enable the collection, visualization, contextualization, management and distribution of ocean data.

Blue Insight provides an open and modular platform for processing, visualizing and sharing ocean data. The core module contains the cloud framework – which has been built to the highest cybersecurity standards – and an application-specific dashboard, coupled with data storage and management functionality. Additional modules can be added to this framework to tailor the functionality of Blue Insight to any project, whether large or small.

Key to Blue Insight’s data flow functionality is the concept of sensor fusion, whereby data is streamlined from various on-board sensors and a local database for seamless transmission to the cloud. In addition, the module serves as a link with the onboard KM sensors for remote control.

Data can be collected from any platform, ranging from manned surface vessels to autonomous surface vessels or even underwater vehicles such as AUVs or gliders. Thanks to ongoing delivery projects, several modules already exist to help customers get the best results from Blue Insight, including Remote, a module that allows remote access to a KM echosounder through a web interface; Ocean View, a powerful and comprehensive web-based visualization tool for historical and real-time sensor or database data; and Data Forwarder, enabling data conversion into any common format and automated transfer of data to cloud systems or external databases. Science Analytics provides an infrastructure for deeper data processing capabilities, such as implementing machine learning and AI-enhanced data analytics on board or in the cloud. As an example, one of the first delivery projects saw the module provide a framework on unmanned surface vehicles for automated onboard fish classification. The portfolio of modules and support for specific instruments will be continuously expanded, in line with KM’s goal of providing customers with unprecedented data access, even in heterogeneous environments.

One of the first projects to take advantage of the functionality provided by Blue Insight is a collaboration between KM and Akvaplan-niva, bringing together meteorological, oceanographic, biological and chemical data from autonomous unmanned glider vehicles. The project has been underway for several years, but recent funding from oil and gas company ConocoPhillips Norway has focused its efforts on understanding the impact of offshore oil and gas installations on certain marine species in the North Sea.

The project continues to evolve the concept of the glider into an operational system for research and industry while advancing the digital environment to introduce new advanced management and analysis features.

“Blue Insight has been a huge help in managing the large amount of data we collect at sea with our fleet of gliders, often for months at a time,” said Lionel Camus, Head of Digital Solutions at Akvaplan-niva. “This innovative digital toolbox has enabled Akvaplan-niva to provide professional solutions and share an unprecedented common experience via the cloud with our customers during every survey.”

“We are very happy to be able to bring Blue Insight to market,” adds Tonny Algrøy, Director of Oceanology Sales, Kongsberg Maritime. “Our primary goal in developing this powerful cloud-based framework for collecting, sharing and analyzing data has been to increase our knowledge of the ocean environment and act as a digital catalyst for sustainability. . It’s great to see this vision become a reality. Collaborations such as the Glider Project with Akvaplan-niva and ConocoPhillips demonstrate how research institutes and industry can work together to benefit from contextualized data, promoting common goals of conservation organizations and global business operations.

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