The 1st GALATEA Blue Growth Accelerator Call for voucher granted 24 innovative SMEs from 5 European countries, with a total number of 14 funded projects. This call aimed to support the development of innovative cross-sectoral and cross-border technologies, services or products addressing the 22 challenges identified in 4 key Blue Growth domains: Smart Port, Smart Ship, Smart Shipyard and Maritime Surveillance.
Here is a summary of each project, depending on the Voucher type: Development and technology transfer projects (already finished) and Prototyping and Large-scale demonstrator projects (on-going)
Development and technology transfer projects
DD-Ship is the result of the DTT Voucher received through GALATEA Project, an opportunity which helped to create a Feasibility Study related to the recreational transportation within the Danube Delta using hydrogen fuelled boats. It was led by the Romanian SC Travel Delta Star SRL under the Smart Ship domain.
Aims of the project
The core idea of the project was to perform a market survey of the technologies available and the trends. For this, the project team has identified the main technologies which could be adopted and piloted within the upcoming phases, depending on availability of public funding.
Through GALATEA funding opportunity and specifically through this voucher, they succeed in raising awareness among their employees, current clients, stakeholders and even to market competition about the new technologies that can innovate recreational transportation.
Referring to the impact on the internal level, now their employees are more knowledgeable about industry trends and cutting-edge technologies and have opened their interest and eagerness to continue exploring.
Fleetever is a freight forwarder company which develops an interface that offers a complete solution for the monitoring of international transport operations by rail, air or sea. They lead this Development and technology transfer projects under the Smart Port domain.
Aims of the project
Starting in June 2021 for a duration of 6 months, the project aimed at the realisation of a study to evaluate the capacity to combine supply chain optimisation with carbon impact limitation, as well as to establish the functionalities that would be developed and integrated in a digital interface.
The sanitary context has disrupted commercial trades and thus the implementation of this project. However, all technological bricks have been grouped and assembled to constitute a bigger technological tool. The tool has been tested in an operational environment. The next step will be the deployment of the technology.
The SME noticed real enthusiasm for the project from the sector’s key players. Indeed, this project contributes to the optimisation of port infrastr
uctures (reducing port congestion), simplifies import/export processes and operations and reduce energy consumption (e.g. oil) and the carbon footprint of logistics operations.
Maritimeapi’s IOT5GWIFI project studied the digitisation of smart ship connectivity with the purpose to automate onboard information tasks and sensor data collection using connectivity links among onboard network, 5G cellular and satellite communications through a standardised system.
Aims of the project
The objectives of the IOT development and technology transfer project are to:
- Optimize the onboard mobile/device connectivity using wifi endpoints for safety, environmental and quality task management.
- Improve the system architecture and examine implications of 5G technology and VSAT for data transfers through onboard wifi and 5G endpoints.
- Offer recommendations on the data APIs for AI modelling and how it will help data analysts and scientists take advantage of the overall system.
- Address the short sea shipping market in the short term due to the increase of smart ports.
The key achievements of the Research and Development project are the following:
- Market research for IoT and ship connectivity
- LoRa Technology research and proof of concept using CO2 sensors for a private wireless network on ships with our partner Virtual Maritime Service that can be combined with Wi-Fi and 5G
- Off the shelf proposed solution based on IoT, 3G/4G and LoRa technology
To measure the impact of the solution, they are moving forward with IoT partnerships and a pilot project under discussion with a public organisation.
This has been the first review of the 1st Call for Vouchers Development and technology transfer projects. We will inform you about new news soon. Meanwhile, keep an eye on our website and social media for latest news on the projects.
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