Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions

Web Service Layer - The next Generation Digital Frontiert        

The Web Service Layer provided by Fraunhofer CML is designed to deal with complex robotic systems. Even when there are multiple operators simultaneously controlling multiple robotic systems remotely, the integrity and traceability of data are guaranteed through the authentication and access control mechanism.

For safety critical components such as unmanned vehicles, our live monitoring and control overriding capabilities provide managers with more options in handling potentially hazardous situations.


Biomimetic Solutions - Nature inspires technological advancement 

Biomimetics can function as a strategic concept to create highly innovative and sustainable biomimetic solutions throughout all industries. The feet of a gecko are a prominent example for an application of biomimetics for industry purposes. 

Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and the newest trend „Biological Transformation of Manufacturing“ are pushing companies to escape their traditional ways of design and manufacturing and instead use bio-inspiration to shift to bio-intelligent strategies. Within projects like AIRCOAT and BIOINSPACED, the biomimetic experts at Fraunhofer CML have put their knowledge to good use to facilitate the implementation of biomimetics into industry projects.

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Navigational safety assessments comprise the investigation and evaluation of a potential risk of collision or grounding of a vessel under specific circumstances, e.g. in poor weather or in congested traffic situations. Using real-time simulation methods facilitates the assessment of risks without posing a threat to humans and assets.

Green Shipping

Shipping transports 90% of global goods while consuming 276 mega tonnes of fuel annually. This leads to an emission of 940 mega tonnes of CO2 and a contribution to 2.5 % of global Greenhouse Gas emissions annually. One approach to reduce these emissions is the application of adaptive weather routing solutions developed at Fraunhofer CML.

EMSN Connect

European Maritime Simulator Network - Cadets, Officers and Navigators now Experience Cooperative Training - this is the idea of EMSN Connect. Today, more than 10 maritime simulation centers with over 30 bridges are involved in the network. They use the platform for joint testing of new solutions for maritime communication and navigation as well as for training nautical personnel. For this purpose, complex virtual environments are created that provide realistic manoeuvring conditions. Read more in our flyer!

Maritime Biomimetics

Are you curious how your company can benefit from the diversity of natural solutions? The Biomimetic Blue Solutions Team of the Fraunhofer CML can uncover biomimetic solutions for you and support in your bio-inspired developments.

Customized Maritime Big Data Analysis

With the introduction of the requirement of merchant ships being equipped with transmitters of the Automatic Identifcation System (AIS), efficiency and safety of the maritime transport could be increased by the automated exchange of position, speed, course and other data from ship to ship, or ship to base station. In addition to forecasting ship movements, Fraunhofer CML develops intelligent algorithms for many other applications.

Solutions for ship controlling: Autonomous Navigation and Shore Controlling System

Fraunhofer CML invents new systems for safe shipping across the oceans. Find out more about informative innovations such as the collision avoidance controller, harsh weather controller and more in this flyer.

Innovative Nautical Solutions: A Modular Testbed Framework

The future of shipping is distinguished by e-navigation, Shipping 4.0 and modern technology. Ship simulators, central data communication and modular testbed structures are needed to ensure autonomous navigation.

Simulation-Based Navigational Safety Assessment

Using real-time simulation methods, the risk of ship collisions or groundings can be minimized. Especially, the methods can be used in ports to save their infra- and superstructure from unsafe navigation by guiding pilots and tugs. The system and its methods are introduced in this flyer.