“The digital headquarters of Asia for DNV GL will be here in Singapore,” Mathias Steck, regional manager digital consulting and smart cities, DNV GL Digital Solutions, said yesterday.
Singapore is already the regional headquarters for DNV GL and it is understood the new Digital HQ for Asia – Pacific is expected to be up and running in March this year.
The regional Digital HQ is part of the Digital Solutions organisation that the classification society announced last September, which brings 1,000 digital experts in DNV GL across all its business divisions including maritime and oil and gas.
The new Asia-Pacific Digital HQ will focus on digital consulting and smart/port cities, with Singapore itself very much fitting into the latter.
On the digital consulting front DNV GL will be looking at how it utilise data to improve clients operations. Steck gave an example from the real estate industry where it monitors the operating conditions of elevators.
“For one real estate developer we are now monitoring their elevators and they know about one and half to two weeks in advance when there is a high probability of failure so they can fix it. I think we can easily transform this service into other infrastructure as well,” he told a DNV GL Digital Summit in Singapore on Wednesday.
DNV GL will be building a team for its maritime open industry data platform Veracity so that it can serve its customers locally in Asia.
As with DNV GL Digital Solutions as whole cyber security will be another area that will be in focus.
“Another very important area is obviously cyber security, and today we are relatively small in cyber security, but we think we have a good shot because we know the assets of clients very well,” Steck said.