Pentar is selected as one of the 4 startups to enable “Smart Connectivity” in maritime at shipping 2030 in Singapore the end of this month.

KNect 365 posted this artikel on 14 /09 /2018

In shipping’s rapid digitalisation process, the industry has started to embrace innovations and the “think big, start small” mentality. The embodiment of technological prowess coupled with innovative thinking and fast scale-ups are, of course, startups. London-based startup accelerator Startup Wharf counts 100+ maritime startups working on different solutions to optimise shipping markets, the supply chain, crew management, vessel tracking, etc.

The official Startup Hub sponsor, Marlink’s Head of Strategic Business Development Gennaro Faella, told us why startups are important to his business:

“At Marlink, innovation is largely driven by our in-house technology, engineering and product teams. We are also inspired by our network of hardware and technology partners, but startups and strategic partnerships are critical to implement Marlink's Smart Connectivity strategy which supports our customers ongoing digitalization and business efficiency. It is this constant cycle of collaboration with customers, partners, internal experts and startups that helps us to continuously develop new innovations and applications for our shipping customers, ultimately solving their key problems in the areas of ship operations and remote management efficiency, supply chain and logistics digitization, and crew and ship technology management.”

So we spoke to the 4 startups (Jan Hanken, CEO of IdataseShachar Tal, Founder of LoginnoMathias Schröer, Head of Solutions Delivery at Contiamo, and Pascal Visser, Partner at Pentar) to find out more about their company’s origins and innovative solutions presented at this year’s Shipping2030 Asia.

Shipping2030 Asia 2018, Startup Hub

Pascal Visser’s passion for the maritime industry is one of the drivers that inspired him to innovate it via Pentar.

“Operating in the maritime industry, on the one hand feels like a little boy’s dream, very concrete, huge equipment, global”, Visser told us. “On the other hand, certain trends are substantially changing the way the industry works. I believe that trends such as climate change should be at the forefront of the maritime innovation, and IT is the driver of the innovation. Currently though, most of the processes still have a huge manual, human interface component to them, leading to inefficiency and sub-optimisation.

“I do, however, see a number of potential disruptors such as online platforms supported by blockchain for commercial processes and planning. And of course, the global internet-of-things can help the industry know and predict the status of individual parts and enhance preventive maintenance. My personal favourite is artificial intelligence leading to robotics and autonomous shipping, and hopefully fuelling the so needed energy transition.

The maritime industry has had a focus on enlarging vessel capacity, bringing down costs and optimising different processes. Now, companies seem to be well aware that they need to transform themselves into digital players using all the data they have collected in the recent years. But they are now trying to do everything at the same time: replacing legacy, moving to the cloud, robotising processes, digitising platforms. This creates huge project environments that are hard to control and lack focus. Innovation should start small, in labs for instance, where you can try out different innovations before scaling them up into the organisation. This will provide focus and time to make sure the innovations are absorbed and prove of value.”

The input from the pilots was so strong that we decided to throw away the platform and start all over again.

Convenient and compatible with mobile devices (smart phones, glasses, and tablets), Faella said that Pentar “provides a software-as-a-service augmented reality platform that optimises maintenance processes through live video calls, file sharing, live on-screen drawing, and more. It is a tool for remote field operations that reduces time, money and travel as well as dependency on key employees.”

Faella also noted that Pentar’s solutions can “increase the success of service intervention by approximately 50% the first time and reduce onsite training time by 40%”.

Its development, however, took dedication.

“During the first six months of 2018 we have performed a number of pilots with clients to learn from real life experience and receive feedback to make the solution stronger. The input from the pilots was so strong that we decided to throw away the platform and start all over again”, Visser told us.

“We provided our smart glass solution to a large maritime player’s two vessels”, Visser shared. “We wanted to prove that the percentage of fixes done by the crew on board during transit could be raised substantially. When problems occurred, they could immediately set up a real time connection with the on-shore expert centre. In a number of cases, they were well able to support the engineer on board with solutions he could implement himself. This meant that the expert did not need to fly in, reducing travel costs and downtime.”

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