Tymor Marine gets funding to develop app version of draught survey tech

Aberdeen-based Tymor Marine has been awarded new funding from government agency Scottish Enterprise to support the development of an app-based version of its draught survey technology. 

The company’s DRFT MRKS software uses artificial intelligence applied to video capture to provide an accurate measurement of the weight and load of a vessel. The funding will allow Tymor’s team to build on the operational capabilities of the application, refining the technology into a mobile phone app without the need for cloud-based processing.

Tymor Marine originally developed DRFT MRKS to help its in-house naval services team overcome challenges in conducting draught surveys, before commercialising the system with support from Scotland’s innovation centre CENSIS and assistance from the University of Edinburgh in optimising the deep learning functionality of the software.

Video capture can be performed at a safe distance from the vessel, either by a mariner using a handheld device on a boat, or by drone.

“In the next two decades the digitalisation of operations will drive more changes in the maritime sector than we have seen in the last century. Disruptive product-led innovations like DRFT MRKS will transform the mariner experience, contributing to a safer, more efficient experience at sea,” said Tymor Marine Managing Director, Kevin Moran.

“The funding from Scottish Enterprise is fantastic because it will allow our developers to refine our software, reducing its processing requirements so that it can be used within a smartphone app. The funding will help us to accelerate time to market with a new technology that is scalable, secure, reliable, and portable.”

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