Technology firm ABB has signed a contract with Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine to enable autonomous tug operation at the Port of Singapore by the end of 2020.As informed, ABB, in collaboration with Keppel O&M’s Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), will jointly develop the technology for autonomous vessels and retrofit a 32-meter harbor tugboat with digital solutions.Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug.During the initial phase of the project, the vessel, operated by Keppel O&M’s joint-venture company Keppel Smit Towage, will complete a series of navigational tasks in a designated test area in the Port of Singapore, steered from an onshore control center. The second phase of the project will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks while under remote supervision.“The intent of our technology is not to entirely remove the crew, but rather to relieve the crew from the tasks than can be automated and thus enable them to perform at their best during critical operations,” Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, explained.With this project, ABB takes the next step towards autonomous shipping, building on the insights gained from the groundbreaking trial of a remotely operated passenger ferry Suomenlinna II, carried out in Helsinki harbor in November 2018. The Port of Singapore, which sees over 130,000 vessels calling annually, has exponentially denser shipping patterns, which will add another layer of complexity to the trials.The trials aim to validate the increased safety and efficiency of tug operations by utilizing digital solutions that are already available today for nearly any kind of vessel. Integral to the trials will be ABB Ability Marine Pilot portfolio of solutions, which enable the ‘sense-decide-act’ loop required for any form of autonomy. ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision will provide the sensor fusion from existing and new systems to generate a digital situational awareness while ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control will execute the necessary conning commands.According to ABB, performing the transit autonomously and under remote supervision would enable the onboard crew to rest and be alert when they are needed in the actual work of the tug.KMDTech will work with the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) to develop various technologies and be the system integrator for the autonomous solutions.American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will provide the approval in principle for the novel features such as remote navigation control and autonomous control system.
Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Wearable tech hasn’t exactly come a long way, at least not in the departments we’ve wanted it to. That’s why one author at The Verge took it upon himself to create something he thought was highly effective in terms of what a wearable computer should be like, how it should feel, and how useful it could be.Starting with a Vufine display, the Verge writer, Paul Miller, also purchased a Raspberry Pi Zero, USB hub, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles, and additional parts to begin with. Then, he was able to pick up the new Raspberry Pi Zero W, which made the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles unnecessary. He did, however, include a battery pack to power the Raspberry Pi and keep things charged up for an entire day. Stay on target Using a USB mouse and HDMI cable to plug the Vufine into the Pi Zero, Miller was able to put everything together, using the default Pi OS and pairing it to his Bluetooth keyboard. Using text editor Vim, he can write up what he wants with his new setup, a wearable word processor, essentially. But he’s still looking to find a lightweight version of Linux that’s a little snappier, and will eventually want to make it to where he can use his computer without looking at the screen and having his notes saved automatically via Wi-Fi.It’s a fascinating testament to exactly what the Raspberry Pi can do, somehow more cheaply and efficiently than what other wearable tech has been able to accomplish. Google Glass isn’t there just yet either, but I like the way Miller is thinking. His setup sounds lightweight, portable, and highly efficient. If you’re interested in experimenting with Raspberry Pi as well, it’s relatively inexpensive to pick up something and create your own projects as well. All you need is the drive and desire to put something together.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.