BUSAN, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – At Marine Week 2017, a maritime industry expo currently being held at BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Center), mobile carrier KT showcased ‘Marine Navi’, a safety system for smaller maritime vessels, and ‘Skyship’, a helium gas-fueled drone.
The Marine Navi system is a composite of GPS coverage and AIS transceiver support that provides real time data on obstacles within a 10 km radius and the probability of collision on the host ship’s electronic navigation chart. When the vessel exceeds the calculated possibility of collision, the system automatically delivers a warning to the crew. The technology employs deep learning methods to constantly improve its sensors’ detection of approaching vessels, and it is also capable of maintaining clear screen quality during bad weather.
KT expects the implementation of the modestly priced Marine Navi to lower the rate of maritime accidents; the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries estimates that 85 percent of all incidents involve smaller vessels in waters within 40 km of the shoreline. Larger ships rarely face this problem as they are generally equipped with sonar capabilities, which fulfill the role of a safety system.
KT’s other product, Skyship, resembles a blimp, and is designed to perform a variety of useful functions ranging from transmitting real time bird’s eye view footage through its 360-degree camera wired to a LTE transmissions device, to transporting life jackets and first aid kits in emergency situations thanks to its modifiable size.
Able to stay in flight for a maximum of eight hours and boasting a top speed of 70 km/h, Skyship can also be equipped with a thermal imaging camera and LED lights for use in search and rescue missions at night.
KT company reps at the expo explained that on top of helping maritime police patrolling the seas for illegal fishing activity, Skyship will eventually be employed in other arenas, such as being used by forestry personnel to survey for forest fires.
Both of the new devices will require LTE coverage, which is why KT successfully completed a project extending its range to 200 km from land last month.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)