The partnership will produce scrubbers managed by AI to help ships comply with IMO regulations
Emission control system specialists Ecospray has partnered with industrial internet of things (IoT) business relayr to create new IoT-based desulphurization solutions.
The partnership will focus on the creation of scrubbers managed using artificial intelligence (AI) which will remove the sulphur oxide emissions a ship produces. Ecospray will integrate relayr’s IoT and AI offering with the devices, allowing their performance to be constantly monitored and analysed. This will ensure that ships are in constant compliance with International Maritime Organization regulations for air pollution, as well as help to optimise operations, extend the life of equipment and reduce operating costs.
"We are delighted to collaborate with a company like Ecospray, igniting together the digital transformation of the marine industry," said Josef Brunner, CEO of relayr. "This partnership allows us to enter a new market – bringing high added value with Industrial IoT solutions, helping to exploit the full potential of the control systems machines, and ultimately contributing to the reduction of harmful gas emissions."
Ecospray and relayr will ultimately aim to adopt an equipment-as-a -service model, in which equipment is provided in exchange for a usage fee rather than being purchased.
“In the maritime industry, a fleet could include hundreds of ships, so the opportunities to build smart machines on such a large scale are literally endless," said Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Ecospray. "The partnership with relayr allows us to confidently face the challenge of bringing the best of Industry 4.0 technologies to the naval sector. The constant motivation that this project offers us on a daily basis requires a totally different and creative approach to problem solving.”
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