IIT Madras to develop great indigenous software to monitor maritime traffic

Posted by S. Vishnu Sharma on June 10, 2021

IIT Madras researchers are going to develop an indigenous Vessel Traffic Software (VTS) that will help monitor maritime traffic.

This will cater to the increasing maritime traffic and help keep pace with global technological developments in the maritime domain, say sources from IIT Madras.

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IIT Madras to develop great indigenous software to monitor maritime traffic

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.

Sources from IIT Madras further say, this software will help realise the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building a ‘Digital India’ and using digital technologies to build ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’

This software could eventually be used for monitoring maritime traffic in other ports across India, say sources from IIT Madras.

This 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.

T.K. Ramachandran, chairman of V.O. Cidambaranar Port Trust spoke about the unique aspects of this collaboration.

VOC Port is the first Indian major port of India to sign MoU with NTCPWC of IIT Madras for development of Indigenous software for VTS System.

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IIT MadrasThe 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 game changer in Indian Maritime Industry.

The MoU was signed recently by Captain Pravin K Singh, Deputy Conservator, VOC Port Trust and Professor K. Murali, Professor-in-charge, NTCPWC – IIT Madras, in the presence of Mr. TK Ramachandran, Chairman, VOC Port Trust, Mr. Bimal Kumar Jha, Deputy Chairman of VOC Port Trust and Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras besides other senior officials of the Port and NTCPWC.

Speaking about benefits to Indian Maritime Sector from this collaboration, Professor K. Murali, Professor In-charge, NTCPWC – IIT Madras, said the indigenous VTS software system will open up the pathway for India to develop other indigenous technology solutions that maritime severely depends on overseas solutions.

Professor Murali said the cooperation will help to build partnerships with all other major ports for providing technology solutions to address their problems.

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The highlights of the collaboration between NTCPWC of IIT Madras and V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust are:

Ø The Focus of NTCPWC will be on the operation, manning and maintenance of vessel traffic system and the development of indigenous vessel traffic software in Tuticorin

Ø NTCPWC will maintain the existing Vessel Traffic Service, for day-to-day operations and assist Pilots in real-time information of tracking of ships and analysis of Vessel traffic including Met-Ocean warnings.

Ø This maintenance model that will be adopted will help to reduce the cost of the VOC port in terms of maintenance and alert the port at an appropriate time for any repair and replacement through direct employment of the instrument vendor by the port.

Ø In addition, NTCPWC will also carry out an assessment of the existing VTS functionalities, hardware, software, identify suitable upgrades and provide a technical proposal to VOC Port for the VTS system upgrade that can be procured directly by VOC Port without involving third-party solution providers.

The present VTS at VOC Port has been operational for nearly seven years.

Given the rapid increases in maritime traffic in India and abroad, a more VTS effective system would help create higher safety levels.

About IIT Madras

IIT Madras was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an ‘Institute of National Importance.’

The activities of the Institute in various fields of Science and Technology are carried out in 16 academic departments and several advanced interdisciplinary research academic centres.

IIT MadrasThe Institute offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to B.Tech., M.Sc., M.B.A., M.Tech., M.S., and Ph.D., degrees in a variety of specialisations.

IIT Madras is a residential institute with more than 580 faculty and 9,500 students. Students from 18 countries are enrolled here.

IIT Madras fosters an active entrepreneurial culture with strong curricular support and through the IITM Incubation Cell.

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