Standardised Data Innovation Challenge finalists announced

A group of eight maritime and logistics technology companies have been selected as finalists for the Standardised Data Innovation Challenge (SDIC), an initiative offering tech firms in the shipping space the opportunity to work with standardised data sets from some of Japan’s biggest maritime companies via the Internet of Ships Open Platform (IoS-OP).

The Challenge, run by Smart Maritime Network and ClassNK with the support of Japan’s ‘big three’ shipping companies ‘K’ Line, MOL and NYK, as well as other members of the IoS-OP consortium, received more than 60 applicants, offering a variety of technologies promising to deliver improvements in areas including decarbonisation, predictive maintenance, remote decision support and port call optimisation.

Following a thorough evaluation of all of the entries, eight finalists have now been chosen to take part in a live pitch session in front of the judging panel to determine the winners. The successful company (or companies) will be given the opportunity to join the IoS-OP consortium and work directly with Japanese shipping companies and other partners to pilot their technologies and prove how their innovations can deliver value from the standardised datasets available through the IoS-OP platform.

Financial support, a global marketing package and the opportunity to run a full-scale Proof of Concept project with IoS-OP stakeholders are also on offer to the pitch winners.

The chosen finalists for the SDIC are:

  • CetoAI
  • Daphne Technology
  • Oceanly
  • Sealution
  • SmartSeas.AI
  • The Oceann
  • Toqua
  • zero44

The finalists’ pitch session will take place during the Smart Maritime Network Tokyo conference on 30 August, in front of the live conference audience and a judging panel including representatives from NYK, MOL, ’K’ Line, Itochu Corp, Sumitomo Corp, Mitsubishi, Marubeni and ClassNK. The overall winners will be announced at the Smart Maritime Annual Global Innovation Congress (SMAGIC) event in Copenhagen on 27 September.

“CetoAI are delighted to be part of such an exciting and forward-thinking initiative; data sits at the heart of our predictive analytics platform and being shortlisted is a real nod from the maritime sector that transparent and standardised data is going to play a pivotal role in the development of next generation shipping,” said Tony Hildrew, CEO of CetoAI, one of the shortlisted finalists.

Dr Mario Michan, CEO and Founder of fellow finalists Daphne Technology, also commented, “Being selected as one of the finalists in the Standardised Data Innovation Challenge underscores Daphne Technology’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

“As a young climate technology company, we’re honoured by the recognition and grateful to observe the growing acknowledgement and momentum around our PureMetrics solution, developed for real-time measurement and reporting of GHG emissions, a key factor in our achieved recognition and a key factor in minimising carbon footprints.”

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