Research project will be led by National Technology Centre for Ports
An indigenous Vessel Traffic Software (VTS) that will help monitor maritime traffic is in the making at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
The new software will cater to the increasing maritime traffic and help keep pace with global technological developments in the maritime domain.
Envisaged initially as part of the Maritime Vision 2030 action plans, this software development project is part of a collaboration between IIT Madras and VO Chidambaranar (VOC) Port Trust in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, for which a MoU was signed recently. A VTS is required under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
The software will help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for building a Digital India and using digital technologies to build Aatmanirbhar Bharat. It could eventually be used for monitoring maritime traffic in other ports across India.
The research project will be led by National Technology Centre for Ports Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), a centre of excellence at IIT Madras that functions as the technology arm of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Government of India.
Elaborating on the unique aspects of this collaboration, T.K. Ramachandran, chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, said, “The development of indigenous system by NTCPWC, as per VOC Port’s requirement, instead of relying on proprietary and costly foreign made software solutions, will be a gamechanger in Indian maritime industry.”
The MoU was signed recently by Captain Pravin K. Singh, deputy conservator, VOC Port Trust, and K. Murali, professor in-charge, NTCPWC-IIT Madras, in the presence of IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi and senior officials of the port and NTCPWC.
K. Murali, professor In-charge, NTCPWC-IIT Madras, said, the software system will open up the pathway for India to develop other indigenous technology solutions that maritime severely depends on overseas solutions.
Highlights of the collaboration:
Present VTS at VOC Port has been operational for nearly 7 years. Given the rapid increase in maritime traffic in India and abroad, a more VTS-effective system would help create higher safety levels.
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