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A multinational shipping enterprise with a registered base in Scotland (UK) is seeking novel approaches to identify vehicles and cargo containers with increased fire risk as they board vessels such as ferries and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) cargo ships. The company would also like to track where on the vessel these vehicles/containers are parked. The Scottish company is looking for partnerships via a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.
A leading multinational shipping enterprise with a registered base in Scotland (UK) is looking for technology solutions that can be applied to their cargo and passenger ships that travel in all of the world's oceans.The company is actively involved with open innovation and is currently involved with several international projects.
The majority of fires that break out onboard vessels start in the cargo. Further on, it has been identified that certain cargo units have a higher fire risk. These units are defined as High Risk Cargo (HRC). Typical HRC units are refrigerated trailers, electrical cars, gas cars, mobile homes, etc.
Today HRC is identified either manually or by existing booking systems. However, there is no means of tracking the final position of the cargo when parked onboard in the cargo space. The company is seeking a reliable and cost effective way to automatically identify and track these HRC units.
The client is looking to partner with companies that have a solution or a potential solution that is near to market and is therefore looking for partnerships via a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.
The company is willing to consider technology from other end-application sectors that is capable of addressing the problem set out here. The client is flexible in the approach to required development. Some budget may be made available for development and this could include being actively involved in the development of a solution, technical overview of the end application and provision of testing facilities.
The company has investigated a number potential approaches to address elements of automatic identification and tracking of vehicles and cargo with increased fire risk. The company is now seeking an integrated approach to vehicle identification and tracking.
These approaches include:
• Using video recognition software to track units (analogous to facial recognition software that is nearly ubiquitous in Social Media applications)
• Remotely reading Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to determine vehicle types (e.g., gas vs. electric cars)
• Using low cost tracking chips (RFID) or similar means to track cargo units
• Use and integrate cargo owners database systems
In the ideal case, the company would like to integrate this system with its existing booking system and vehicle loading plan system onboard. The company would need to be able to track the cargo units even when their registration number and VIN is not readily visible.
1. Technical Viability-- Solutions proposed must be based on sound scientific principles and have laboratory or pilot scale data that demonstrate efficacy.
2. Scale up Potential—Solutions proposed must have a clear pathway to be applied on commercial ships. Solutions already practiced in marine markets have higher value. The ideal partner would be able to lead the design and installation of full-scale systems.
3. Costs—solutions would need to be reasonably cost effective to install and operate. Moreover, solutions should not require additional staffing or increase port turnaround time.
4. Ownership—Solutions covered by patents have higher value. At a minimum, proposed solutions must not be prohibited by other patents in the field.
Solutions will not be considered if, in the company's opinion:
• Installation and maintenance costs are prohibitive for broad application
• Proposals lack sufficient supporting laboratory or pilot scale data
• Solutions don't adhere to global maritime regulations
A partner is sought that can provide technologies for the automatic identification and tracking of vehicles and cargo with increased fire risk. The partner must be able to demonstrate laboratory or pilot scale data and be able to show a clear pathway to application on commercial ships.
The client is flexible in the amount of technical involvement in the type of partnership considered. Where some development is required for the specific application considered here, the product could be developed jointly or there could be some other commercial agreement for development with technical assistance.