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Cloud-Based Software Suite for Ocean Data Collection & Management

Published: 12 Oct 2021 by

Blue Insight ocean data management software

Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has launched Blue Insight, a cloud-based digital toolbox that enables advanced collection, visualisation, contextualisation, management and distribution of ocean data. The open, modular platform is ideal for marine and meteorological data collected from platforms such as USVs (unmanned surface vessels) and AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles).

Blue Insight’s core module contains a cloud framework that has been built to the highest cybersecurity standards, as well as an application-specific dashboard, teamed with data storage and management functionalities. Additional modules can be added to this framework to tailor Blue Insight’s functionality to suit projects of any size. The platform’s data-streaming functionality is built around the concept of sensor fusion, in which data is streamlined from various onboard sensors and a local database for seamless transmission into the cloud. In addition, the module serves as a link with KM onboard sensors for remote operation.

Other modules are available that assist users in obtaining the best results from Blue Insight, including Remote, a module that enables remote access to a KM echosounder via a web interface; Ocean View, a powerful and comprehensive web-based visualisation tool for historic and real-time sensor or database data; and Data Forwarder, enabling data conversion into any common format and automated data forwarding to external cloud systems or databases. Science Analytics supplies an infrastructure for more in-depth data-handling capabilities, such as the implementation of machine learning and AI-enhanced data analysis on board or in the cloud. This module has already been used to provide a framework on unmanned surface vehicles for the automated onboard classification of fish. The portfolio of modules and support for specific instruments will be continuously expanded by KM.

One of the first projects to take advantage of the functionality provided by Blue Insight is a collaboration between KM and Akvaplan-niva, gathering meteorological, oceanographic, biological and chemical data from unmanned autonomous glider vehicles. The project has been under way for several years, but recent funding from the oil & gas company ConocoPhillips Norway has focused efforts towards understanding the impact of offshore oil & gas facilities on selected marine species in the North Sea. The project is continuing to evolve the glider concept into an operational system for research and industry while advancing the digital environment to introduce new, cutting-edge management and analysis features.

Lionel Camus, Manager for Digital Solutions at Akvaplan-niva, commented: “Blue Insight has been an invaluable aid for managing the vast amount of data we collect at sea with our fleet of gliders, often for months at a time. This innovative digital toolbox has enabled Akvaplan-niva to deliver professional solutions and to share an unprecedented common experience via the cloud with our customers during each survey.”

Tonny Algrøy, Sales Director of Ocean Science at Kongsberg Maritime, said: “We’re very excited to be able to bring Blue Insight to market. Our primary focus in developing this powerful, cloud-based framework for data collection, sharing and analysis has been to increase our knowledge of the ocean environment and act as a digital enabler for sustainability. It’s great to see that vision now becoming a reality. Collaborations such as the glider project with Akvaplan-niva and ConocoPhillips demonstrate how research institutions and industry can work together to benefit from contextualised data, furthering the joint aims of conservation bodies and global business operations.”

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