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ABB has unveiled a new tool, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision, that harnesses advanced sensor technology to provide officers with detailed situational awareness anywhere on a ship.

According to maritimejournal.com, the system combines sensors with computer vision to offer multiple real-time visualizations of a vessel’s surroundings and new ways of perceiving its situation. A virtual model of the ship is superimposed on real surroundings, making it possible to see the operation from a third person’s perspective.

“The launch addresses an important step in the ongoing digitalization of ship operations,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Vision delivers a completely new user experience in ship operations. It also brings remotely-operated or unmanned ships into clear view.”

Users can switch between views instantly, making it easier to predict vessel motions and spot previously hidden obstacles or collision risks. ABB claims that the system has significant benefits for safety and operational efficiency.

The solution can easily be installed on conventional vessels, moreover, it enables new shoreside remote services, as well as totally new design options for vessels as it provides unrestricted views of the surroundings from any location on board and even on shore.

The company specializes in digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems.