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ECGiT Smart-Seaports

We stand on the foothills of a transformational era in human history. Seaport monitoring & management is a significant research area, in which infrastructure automatically collects big data that lead the organization in its multiple activities. Thus, building up a smart port is heavily related to the fields of data acquisition, transfer, storage, big data analysis and information visualization.

We, at ECGiT possess the capability to capture data from meteorological stations and maritime buoys, registering environmental parameters, to other systems like PLC, SCADA, and Automatic Identification System (AIS) daily basis. This data is rendered useless without a system that enables a meaningful visualization and helps make decisions.

To say that change is the only constant is a wholly inadequate description of today’s business environment.

The rate of change today, at the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, can be truly dizzying. It is remarkably different from the previous three revolutions in terms of sheer velocity, scope and overall systems impact. The interconnection of billions of people around the world through mobile devices and the internet has ignited an exponential increase in the rate of innovation that will eventually disrupt almost every industry.

But just as the steam engine spelled the end for horse-drawn carriages, the advent of the fourth industrial revolution will bring seismic changes to the global business environment. To thrive in an increasingly globalized world, each supply chain entity within a seaport must re-evaluate its assumptions and processes. It is inevitable that machines will eventually automate mundane tasks currently performed by humans, but supply chains ultimately benefit humanity by   enabling the exchange of goods and services.

At ECGiT, we understand that Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, renewable energy storage, mixed / virtual reality and quantum computing could irrevocably transform how a Futuristic Marine Sea Port will be designed and executed. A Sea Port is a connection between the coastal environment and the urban structures. They should also be considered as one of the most important aspects of maritime transport because they are the location where most of the critical activities of transport business occurs

A Seaport is the one, where…

  • Most maritime accidents happen
  • Cargo is damaged or stolen
  • Repairs are carried out
  • Most costs are incurred
  • Delays are most likely to occur
  • Surveys take place
  • Shipping services are located, e.g. agents, brokers, etc
  • Industries are situated
  • Customs and government policies are implemented
  • The transportation of cargo starts or ends its ocean transit

Four major characteristics of Smart Ports are –

1. Possesses Robust capability to capture, store and process the incoming sensor / non sensor data, unstructured and real time in-stream data.
2. Rich Internet front end application for end user.
3. 3D Visualization features for better transparency of real time operation.
4. Enable Decision support system.

At ECGiT we realize that while navigating an ever-rising ocean of data, one needs a data science sextant to determine the proper course

Although, there are many definitions to the word ‘smart’ in the context of the global port and terminal network. A Smart Port is an open source project aimed at creating a sustainable ecosystem for understanding opportunities arising from the new era of digitization caused by the integration of the latest Internet technologies.

A smart Sea port relates more to the mind-set of a given port or terminal, where policy decisions and smart use of resources takes precedence over technology and innovations. Smart Sea-ports are the trend for the future long-term strategies. The word “Smart” means no waste of space, time, money and natural resources.Technology and innovation, such as the Internet of Things, are said to be a driving force behind smart port  productivity. 

ECGiT has developed the architecture for SmartPort, Which is an open source project aimed at creating a sustainable ecosystem for understanding opportunities arising from the new era of digitization caused by the integration of the latest Internet technologies.

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ECGiT Cyber Enabled Smart-Ships

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming

Optimization is the application of mathematics in pursuit of an intended action with the most economy in movement. Many of the problems facing the modern merchant ship today can be addressed through optimization.

Running a ship in an optimized manner is always an area of tradeoffs between two competing objectives. For example, the amount of ship loads accepted in a port must be balanced with the amount of tonnage available. If the planner accepts too many loads, safety levels might suffer. Accepting too few loads means he/she would not be fully utilizing the vessel’s potential, which could result in loss of revenue to the operators.  To minimize empty miles, it is necessary to pre-position ships based on predicted load availability across all locations for each day of the year. To maximize revenue, it is necessary to acquire loads that require minimal empty movement, immediate pickup and high load rate / tons. It is also necessary to balance the number of loads accepted with respect to the fleet capacity

To maximize equipment uptime, one would need to predict a mechanical issue and redirect the ships to an available drydock with minimal out of route miles. To maximize fuel savings, it is necessary to optimize the amount of fuel to buy and bunker at any given location along a route. When bidding on loads, these costs need to be balanced against revenue targets as well as fleet capacity in order to achieve maximum profitability. All such algorithms are driven by the collection of operational data. To add yet another dimension to this already complex picture, carriers must compete with one another to earn loads. To make optimal decisions, therefore, the underlying algorithm would need to consider the incentives associated with strategic partnerships. The application of the information from data science is algorithmic game theory. It is a study of interactions between self-interested parties. 

Supply chain entities such as shippers, carriers and brokers haveimperfect, or limited, information about one another’s businessrealities. This leads to hidden costs or unfair incentives that mustultimately be borne by consumers. A common data platform for interaction would not only drastically reduce the time required to achieve meaningful interaction but also allow the interested parties to share more information to build valid business cases. Such a platform must be neutral yet allow participants to identify non-value-added activities and streamline the process of bidding and accepting loads.The use cases described above represent just one aspect of the complex ecosystem supporting a carrier’s business. There are many other areas where optimization can drive efficiency, including determining where and what number of ships to buy, where to charter or establish maintenance shops and how to support one’s employees.

  • It complies with LIoyd’s Register (LR) requirements for cyber-enabled ships (CES), including Cyber AL2 Safe, Cyber AL2 Maintain, and Cyber AL2 Perform.
  • It is equipped with a Vessel operation and maintenance system
  • Its platform based service tracks and monitor the ships in real time, analyze, & support efficiency / safety of ship operation with equipment sensors and voyage details
  • Ship owners and operators can manage ship & critical parts more effective with real time monitor and predictive diagnostics
  • Connected ships allows broader visibility and efficient end-toend logistics to maritime stakeholders by integrating shipment, sailing, freight, and ground logistics

It is estimated that by 2020, world-wide data volume will reach 44 trillion gigabytes Being able to harness the power of this data through data science is extremely valuable. Data science is therefore an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, both structured and unstructured. At ECGiT we use scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge from data. We help our shipping clients to leverage this data to take major decisions and become data driven. 

ECGiT conceptualized the digital landscape of a smart ship and help our customers realize how a smart ship produces data that can be customized to optimize its own operation. ECGiT helps to build maritime situational awareness which is needed in tracking and trading commodity flows, monitor the activity of the key commodities and Identifies potential chartering risks.

Ships using our customized design of architecture complies with the assessment of cyber-enabled systems on board vessels
classed by Lloyd Register. They can meet Lloyd’s Register (LR) requirements for cyber-enabled ships (CES), including Cyber AL2 Safe, Cyber AL2 Maintain, or Cyber AL2 Perform or Cyber AL2 Secure

Industry value chain of “connected
Smart Ships”

ECGiT through its unique Smart Ship Project specializes in –

  • Sensor Management System for Data collection
  • Means to capture, store and process structured as well as unstructured data
  • Digital system interfaces, standards and storage
  • Data transmission through VSAT (Satellites)
  • Live ship performance modelling
  • Software validation, system reliability and security
  • Data processing , Big Data, analytics and user interface
  • Design of unmanned vessel (remote operated & autonomous)
  • Regulation and safety
  • Economic cost/benefits of smart ships
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Port Information Management System (PIMS) is an overall platform and an IOT (Internet of things) enabled solution which encompasses the complete port activities under a single sign-on. From managing a single port to “fleet-wide” multiple ports. It handles processes to cover every type of cargo bulk , dry bulk, break bulk, liquid terminal,Ro-Ro and containers

It contains add-on modules to monitor performance of every asset in the port. It is capable and integrates with every system in the port to bring about efficiencies and optimize the port management operations.

The most recent released of PIMS support

  • big data and cloud ready!
  • fuel monitoring system
  • yard management including liquid terminals
  • predictive analytics
  • store and decipher all unstructured data
  • video analytics
  • container terminal
  • preventive maintenance

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