AT-VIRTUAL aims to accelerate the digitalization of Maritime Safety Training Centres (MSTCs) in the Atlantic Area, through the introduction of new emerging Industry 4.0 related technologies (Internet of Things, Big Data/Data Analytics, and Vision Technologies) in simulation-based training systems, contributing to a more effectively and efficiently tackle of maritime security and safety in the Atlantic Area.
This project is co-financed by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by the Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación del Principado de Asturias, comprising also the following organizations from France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain: Laval Mayenne Technopole, National Maritime College of Ireland, South West Business & Technology Centre, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique, Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima and Fundación Technalia Research & Innovation.
To achieve this, MSTCs have been firstly diagnosed about their state of digitalization in order to find needs in which the introduction of these technologies could make the difference. MSTCs have also become testing, piloting and demonstration sites of technology solutions to common needs identified in the Atlantic Area. The process of digitization is carried out through a collaborative hybridization process, facilitating the cooperation between 3 MSTCs and startups that act as digital enablers, supported by a research organization (Technalia Foundation) and I4.0 experts. It is developed by using a new advanced platform, which will be ready to be transferred after the project to favour the digitization processes in new organizations and areas in an outside the Atlantic Area.