A consortium of Swedish, Norwegian and German partners received the 'green light' for their research and innovation project that will enhance safety and efficiency in shipping. The aim of Prepare Ships is to create a positioning solution for smart and connected navigation applications.

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By being able to predict future positions for vessels nearby, with high position accuracy by EGNSS and machine learning and exchange these predictions with the vessels that are in the vicinity with VDES, smarter decisions can be made.

Moreover, this will enable a more energy efficient maneuvering of the vessels, eventually leading to less environmental impact of shipping.

The project runs over 26 months and is set to begin in December 2019.

According to Pål Hansen, Vice President R&D, Telko:

Prepare Ships will combine technologies supporting officers on manned ships as well as shore-based operators controlling unmanned ships and can compensate for the shortage of experienced marines. The developed product shall also be applicable to other applications requiring high accuracy, highly robust position, also enabling yet unidentified markets