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Smartship – shipping the future 

SmartShip, er et studentprosjekt gjennomført i samarbeid med Kongsberg Maritime, Kongsberg Digital og Kongsberg Norcontrol. 13 studenter ble fordelt på 3 team hvor de skulle løse ulike oppgaver, i tillegg fikk en student, rollen som prosjektleder. Autonomous fleet control centre, Vessel traffic services (VTS) og Autonomous Control. Prosjektet ble gjennomført hos Kongsberg Maritime i Horten.

Sommerstudentene videreutviklet fjorårs-elevenes prosjekt med fokus på å muliggjøre teknologier for autonome seilinger. Her fikk de muligheten til å betjene autonome skip ved bruk av simulering og avansert analyse. De ble introdusert ny funksjonalitet for elektronisk veksling av rutedata mellom fartøy, VTS og fleet control centre.

Vellykket test av modellen Yara Birkeland

Studentene plottet en forhåndsdefinert rute som inneholdt farlige objekter, forbudte soner og hindringer på veien. Den autonome båten skulle deretter følge ruten og håndtere, identifisere og unnvike farlige objekter. Ved farenivå som oversteg visse parametere, skulle skipet signalisere operatøren om å overta kontrollen.

Skipet var utstyrt med et 360-graders kamera, VHF, Bluetooth og Wi-Fi ombord, avanserte manøvreringssystemer, datasyn og radar, med muligheten for manuell overstyring.

Studentene var svært fornøyd med testen. Skipet kom i mål på 24 minutter, ett minutt raskere enn systemene på forhånd hadde estimert.

Jeg er imponert over hvor raskt studentene setter seg inn i oppgavene, – sier Ketil Olaf Paulsen, teknologisjef i Kongsberg Maritime og styremedlem i SAMS.

Studenten har selv programmert utstyr. De har montert, integrert og testet radar, kameraer og funnet fram til hvilke sensorer som skulle brukes om bord på modellen.

– Rekruttering er viktigst, men også å få inn tanker, ideer og innspill fra andre vinkler og ståsteder, avslutter Paulsen.

Silicon Valley-based company launches establishment of THINK NEXT – a new enterprise that will be based in Norway

It is Dr. Jan-Olaf Willums, electric mobility pioneer and board member of SAMS Norway, that together with NEXT Future Transportation Inc. establishes THINK NEXT. The new enterprise intends to manufacture fleets of self-driving Pods in Scandinavia.

– Ambitious emissions-reduction targets, growing government and industry support, and rapid technological advances make Norway a perfect location for THINK NEXT, says Emmanuele Spera CEO of NEXT Future Transportation Inc.

Meaningful presence in Norway

Electric mobility pioneer and board member of SAMS Norway Dr. Jan-Olaf Willums

The Nordic countries have been at the cutting edge of electro mobility for decades, and the Nordics are adopting electric mobility innovation quicker than any other part of the world. That is why, THINK NEXT is established in Norway, with the ambition to scale up throughout Scandinavia.

– This is an exciting cooperation on the development of autonomous electric mobility solutions. Norway is one of the leading electric transportation nations in the world. THINK NEXT will have a meaningful presence in Norway, says Dr. Jan-Olaf Willums.

Willums is a serial entrepreneur, early-stage investor in technology companies and seen as an electric mobility pioneer. Willums has started and been involved in several companies and organization within the mobility field. Previously, he has been in several management roles in large companies like Oildeco and Storebrand. Today he is part of the SAMS Norway board of directors.

Sustainable mobility alternatives

Autonomous electric mobility alternatives introduce a whole new way of moving that will fundamentally change society – and improve people’s lives.

– We view Norway as a role model for how electric mobility can be realized to tackle the climate and urban congestion issues that all cities face around the world. Goals for the transportation sector can only be met with alternative forms of mobility, and we look forward to becoming a part of the solution, says Emmanuele Spera.

By choosing autonomous electric mobility solutions, you choose sustainability. SAMS Norway looks forward to following further development of THINK NEXT and its presence in Norway.

Read more about the establishment of THINK NEXT in NEXT Future Transportation Inc’s press release published here.