The first of Rolls-Royce' series of ship intelligence experience
spaces has opened to show customers, suppliers and partners how
the latest digital solutions can transform the marine industry.
Opened in Ålesund, Norway, the Intelligent Asset Management (IAM)
experience space sets out to demonstrate how ship intelligence
systems can harness the "power of data" to optimize fleet
operations, reduce operating costs and improve maintenance
procedures, Rolls-Royce said.
The IAM space provides an area for Rolls-Royce customers to
validate the advantages of using IAM systems, such as the
Rolls-Royce Energy Management (EM) and Equipment Health
Management (EHM) portals in real-time, operational environments.
"It is often difficult to convey the many commercial and
operational benefits of new cloud-based digital technologies. But
now, with the opening of this, the first in a number of planned
Ship Intelligence Experience Spaces around the world, we can
fully demonstrate for our customers the very tangible benefits of
what is often considered an intangible technology," explained
Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine.
Split into two distinct areas - an "Intelligent Analytics Center
Collaborative Canvas area" and a "Fleet Management Command
Center" - the IAM Experience Space will showcase the Rolls-Royce
range of digital products designed to support its customers in
the management of their vessels and fleets.
The facility also provides a work space in which Rolls-Royce and
its customers can hone existing digital solutions and collaborate
on the development of new ones to meet their individual
"Essentially, the Intelligent Analytics Center is a 'digital
factory', where data is transformed into insights that facilitate
and support more informed decision-making," said Jan Chirkowski,
Rolls-Royce, Intelligent Analytics Center Manager. "The
Intelligent Analytics Center Collaborative Canvas space allows us
to visualize this data, co-develop product features with our
customers to make better use of that data and give them a
complete digital picture of the current and potential operational
performance of their fleet."
The Fleet Management Command Center area is fitted out with an
intuitive touch interface and a floor-to-ceiling, six-meter-wide
curved screen to display collected ship data via systems such as
the Rolls-Royce EM and EHM portals.
"The EM display gives the fleet manager a complete overview of
the fleet's energy footprint, providing the comprehensive
information needed to optimize or adjust operating parameters to
achieve better energy and environmental efficiencies," said
The EMH portal, to be officially introduced next year, uses
machine learning algorithms to flag-up any anomalies in the
sensor data coming in from machinery and systems onboard a
vessel, in a real-time, live operating environment. This
information can then be used to make informed decisions to take
more effective and preemptive action.
"This data is invaluable," Chirkowski said. "For example, it can
inform fleet managers of any material degradation or likely
component failure before it actually happens. Components can then
be ordered and replaced before causing any operational
disturbance. Certainly, a reduction in the frequency of unplanned
maintenance events will pay dividends and result in a fleet that
is always running to optimum commercial and environmental
The concept of real-time machinery data is common in the aviation
industry where aero-engine performance information is critical to
safe operation. However, until recently bandwidth availability
and cost have been barriers to the concept being rolled out
across the marine industry.
Marco Camporeale, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Intelligent Asset
Management Solutions, said, "Connectivity at sea has come a long
way, and our recent cooperation with Inmarsat provides a good
example. The satellite communications provider's Fleet Xpress
high-speed broadband service offers high-volume data processing
though an application-triggered bandwidth."
Makinen added, "The information presented to fleet managers today
in the Aalesund IAM Experience Space is crucial for optimizing
vessel performance. It can be used to reduce fuel consumption and
emissions, extend machinery overhaul intervals and increase
system availability. Machinery breakdowns could be a thing of the
"We can demonstrate exactly how Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence
Solutions increase the overall performance and safety of the
vessels in our customers' fleets."