The rapid growth of emerging technological innovations is molding the future of the global maritime industry to its next stage of challenges. For instance, we are no longer talking about engineering feats, building bigger and better vessels, infrastructures and creating deeper wharfs. What we are looking at now is the integration of existing IT assets, such as Cloud, mobility, Internet of things, Data analytics and Automation with systems on board vessels and ashore that drive efficiencies, improve operations and create savings across all organizations and business in the maritime sector.
Fire Fighting Robots
In this new generation, robots are adding a new magnitude to the modern world with its presence and efficiency while simultaneously cutting cost and mitigating safety concerns. Many industries around the world including shipping companies have recognized its significance and started showing much interest on their usage. One such introduction that has fascinated and attracted everyone’s attention would be the Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robots (SAFFiR) created by the Naval Research Laboratory in collaboration with the Virginia Tech and other US universities. The objective of SAFFiR is to develop a human-centric autonomous system that helps to extinguish fires at the early stages before they become catastrophic.