IoT Helps Enhance Hull Performance in Ships

By CIOReview | Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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With IoT taking over almost all of the market, even the most unconventional industries are looking forward to incorporating it in their infrastructure as well as their products. For instance, the shipbuilding industry is all set to enhance their hull performances through the IoT network.

What is IoT and What Relevance does it have in the Shipbuilding Industry?

IoT or the Internet of Things is used to describe the inter-connectivity between common electrical or electronic objects, which enables them to send and receive data.

The Shipbuilding industry has facilitated their ships with censors based on IoT standards, which collect data imparted using high frequency. These data get transferred to the respective data warehouse, which are further analyzed and employed in algorithms. Finally, the information is provided to relevant forums and in addition, they are also used in designing decision support tools.

The data obtained through the censors are also used to design technologically advanced hull performance tools, which enable users to surveil the performances of the hull and propeller of the ships. The IoT enabled data performance analysis is based on rpm, current speed, speed to wind, trim, wave height, and propulsion power output. These data are of high frequency and depict comprehensive understanding of the changes that have taken place in terms of ship resistance along with power or speed. These changes can only be observed before or after cleaning of propeller and hull, or dry docking.

The decision support tool for monitoring the performance of the hull of the ship helps users to figure out the perfect time to clean the hull or maintain system inspections by observing the measurement of the ship resistance.