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Blue Technology Center of Expertise launched

The U.S Coast Guard along with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography collaborated and launched the Blue Technology Center of Expertise (COE), which will focus on the research and the use of the blue technology. The center is located on the Scripps Oceanography campus in San Diego, while the ribbon-cutting ceremony was on Friday 24 January, 2020.

Ports America, Maersk invest in flow-freight boosting project in US ports

Loadsmart, digital freight technology company, raised $19 million to embark on a major initiative, enhancing the flow of freight through American ports. Taking part in the initiative are Ports America and Maersk Growth as investors. This investment is in line with Loadsmart’s series A round in late 2018, totalling the funding at $53.4 million. 

Electric automated straddle carriers to operate at Port of LA’s Pier 400 facility

APM Terminals has in its plans to add electric automated straddle carriers to its Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles. This move has raised protests by longshore union leaders, who asked the city’s council to intervene, as they believe that longshoremen will lose hundreds of shifts per day, because of the new technology.

US now more focused on developing Artificial Intelligence

US Secretary Rick Perry welcomed President Trump’s Action on A.I, while also announcing an XLab Summit on Artificial Intelligence in Chicago. This came after the Trump Administration published the National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update.

Port of Oakland receives funds for seaport technology program

The Alameda County Transportation Commission received $12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission to apply the Freight Intelligent Transportation System program at the Port of Oakland. FITS consists of 15 freight technology demonstration projects, aiming to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport. The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.

US announces the launch of a Virtual Archaeology Museum

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it launched a Virtual Archaeology Museum. The museum shows video, detailed 3D models and mosaic maps of shipwrecks mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. These shipwrecks were discovered via underwater research and oil and gas exploration.

US unveils AI strategy to support military operations

The US Department of Defense issued its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy as part of its efforts to accelerate the adoption of AI and the creation of a force fit for today. The strategy seeks to harness the potential of AI to transform all functions of the Department positively, thereby supporting US servicemembers, but not replacing them. 

Watch: US Navy provides 3D simulator for aircraft carrier flight deck crews

The US Office of Naval Research Global and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division collaborated to create a training simulator for aircraft carrier flight deck crews. The simulator has 3D technology and enables the communication of the full flight deck team with akey decision-makers.

US leads the way in the digital sector

Euler Hermes presented its Enabling Digitalization Index 2018, showing each country’s ability to provide the necessary environment for businesses to succeed in an increasingly digitalized global economy. The US, Germany and the Netherlands are the top 3, while out of the 30 top markets, 8 are in the Asia-Pacific region.

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