Singapore is going to set up a living lab to improve the business processes and capabilities of maritime companies within the year, and will follow this up by establishing three maritime centers of excellence within local higher education institutions.
The effort is part of an initiative by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to transform and develop the maritime sector. The Living Lab will help films to improve their business processes by adopting technologies and approaches that will develop their capabilities in the areas of data analytics & intelligent systems, autonomous systems & robotics, smart & innovative infrastructure, and safety & security.
The Living Lab will:
- include a maritime data hub which will allow companies to cooperate to develop innovative and intelligent applications
- offer framework conditions, sea areas and guidelines for the testing and development of autonomous vehicles and systems
- optimize sea space by making use of innovative engineering and technologies
- make use of smart sensors to enhance port and maritime safety
In addition, the Maritime and Port Authority, along with the Singapore Maritime Institute, will set up three maritime research Centers of Excellence within local higher education institution, during the next five years. The first such center, which will be hosted by Nanyang Technological University, is projected to be launched within the second quarter of 2017, and will focus on maritime environment and energy. The other two will focus on port operations and maritime safety.
Andrew Tan, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said that:
The MPA Living Lab will be the first of its kind in the region and will not only help Singapore to transform its maritime sector into a high technology industry through the test-bedding and development of new systems and capabilities for future port operations but also enable companies to test-bed locally developed solutions under actual operating conditions, bringing these technologies closer to commercialization and internationalization.