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IBM Joins Global Consortium of Partners Led by Marine Research Organization ProMare

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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IBM announced that it has joined a global consortium of partners led by marine research organization ProMare that are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage in September 2020. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will use IBM's AI, most powerful servers, cloud and edge computing technologies to navigate autonomously and avoid ocean hazards as it makes its way from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. If successful, it will be one of the first self-navigating, full-sized vessels to cross the Atlantic Ocean and will open the door on a new era of autonomous research ships.

Brett Phaneuf a Founding Board Member of ProMare and Co-Director of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project said that "Putting a research ship to sea can cost tens of thousands of dollars or pounds a day and is limited by how much time people can spend onboard a prohibitive factor for many of today's marine scientific missions. With this project, we are pioneering a cost-effective and flexible platform for gathering data that will help safeguard the health of the ocean and the industries it supports."

Mr Andy Stanford-Clark Chief Technology Officer, IBM UK & Ireland added that "IBM helped put man on the moon and is excited by the challenge of using advanced technologies to cross and research our deepest oceans. By providing the brains for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, we are pushing the boundaries of science and autonomous technologies to address critical environmental issues."

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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