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Singapore Strait benefits from Fujitsu’s AI ship collision prediction technology

A field trial leveraging on Artificial Intelligence(AI) in predicting near misses between vessels conducted in the busy waters of the Singapore Strait has yielded positive results, according to Japan’s Fujitsu Limited.

The trial, conducted with the assistance of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), analyses marine traffic risks in the Singapore Strait by using the AI ship collision risk prediction technology.

Developed by Fujitsu Laboratories, the AI technology ‘Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai’ can detect ship collision risks and predict areas where collision risks are concentrated as dynamic risk hotspots.

This technology has the potential to be deployed in a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system to assist maritime traffic controllers to manage marine traffic proactively with the aim of improving the safety of navigation.

“Fujitsu aims to deliver services incorporating this technology for maritime traffic controllers and ship operators by 2020,” Fujitsu said, adding that it will share this and other work on maritime safety at Sea Asia 2019 from 9-11 April in Singapore.

The field trial was conducted with the assistance of about 10 MPA officers from the Vessel Traffic Management Department and Port Systems Division over 24 month.

Based on benchmarking studies, the detection technology was able to flag potential risks approximately 10 minutes before the near-miss, and in doing so, would theoretically provide approximately 5 minutes lead time for human operators to execute the necessary follow on action. Fujitsu's technology was also able to pick out scenarios where the collision risk could be overlooked and raise the alert to a possible collision incident.

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Separately, the dynamic risk hotspot detection technology could detect risks up to 15 minutes in advance, enabling staff to take specific measures to avoid an incident.

“Fujitsu's risk detection technology demonstrated the possibility of quantifying risk in more detail in advance of the detection by human operators,” Fujitsu said.

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