Technology never ceases to improve, and new robotic hull cleaning technology proves it! Cleaning the hull remains a difficult task, because to perform them ships need to hide in ports. Marine debris accumulated in a timely manner damages hulls and, in extreme cases, can damage the environment.
For example, tighter cleaning of the hull will increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. But this is where the Norwegian company Shipshave begins to operate with its latest development!
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Nordic has developed a semi-autonomous robotic enclosure cleaning device to prevent enclosure damage, save fuel consumption and reduce emissions. This can happen even when ships are at sea unaided.
This device will save the ship’s staff time as its frequent cleaning cycles optimize and maintain hull efficiency. The robotic arm is tied to a winch on the deck of the tank, and due to the use of movement energy it remains attached to the hull.
During the movement the hand moves up and down the hull of the ship. With soft brushes, he performs underwater cleaning. The effort of the brush is controlled and will not damage the housing during cleaning.
The device weighs about 50 kg and consists of two parts carried by crew members. Before using the personnel it is necessary to adjust the robotic settings of the upper arm and lower depth with the application of ITCH (cleaning the hull during transportation).
The hand has an integrated data collection system that records the cleaning process. It can be monitored through the ITCH app. After careful analysis, the company decided that the new robotic cleaning technology is faster. 5-6 percent faster than traditional port cleaning methods. This means great fuel savings.
Advantages of robotic cleaning technologies for ship hulls
Combining IT and other technologies, advances in cleaning technology have many benefits. This new cleaning method is at least 5% faster from the start. This significantly saves crew members time as well as saves fuel.
Because robotic cleaning technology operates at sea and does not require crew members at the berth, it can prevent damage to the environment. For example, it reduces biofouling, a process in which invasive aquatic species hang on ship hulls and enter new conditions.
Moreover, the accumulation of biofilm on the hulls of the ship can increase weight. This can result in fuel penalties due to extra resistance and other damage to the housing. However, this can be avoided if the hand-robot performs regular cleaning operations at sea.
Danger of smart cleaning technologies
While smart technologies can improve every aspect of our lives, even helping us reduce CO2 emissions, they are vulnerable to hacking. Cybercriminals can forcibly take control of everything that is remotely connected to the Internet world.
New smart cleaning technologies are also vulnerable, from smartphones and smart cars to even conventional technologies like your 3D printer or even a refrigerator. To combat this, developers need to evaluate their firmware and prioritize cybersecurity. Here’s how to prevent cyber threats!
How to prevent cyberattacks
Companies and individuals can protect their data and technology online with a VPN, that is, a virtual private network. This happens as their information becomes encrypted. What is a VPN? VPN can help companies and their employees establish secure, anonymous, and secure connections.
With VPN, online users can also change their geo location to add an extra level of cybersecurity. What’s more, VPN gives you the ability to access content with limited geography that may not be available in your country or when you’re traveling.
Companies and individuals need to understand that their firmware or regular software needs to be constantly updated. Any outdated device or application becomes prone to hacking. Cybercriminals can use outdated firmware or software to take control of your devices. This can cause irreparable damage to your data.
But, as with new robotic technologies, they can also take control of settings and cause physical harm.
- Install a good antivirus and avoid suspicious links
Installing a good antivirus can work wonders for your cybersecurity, but it is also important to update it regularly. Companies should also instruct their employees on the basics of cybersecurity to avoid serious financial loss and data loss.
For example, phishing is a popular method where hackers portray a fake identity and send links / files to unsuspecting victims. Once they click or download the resulting files, malware can damage their computers, often leading to ransomware – the act of holding hostages until the amount is paid.
In the case of new robotics technologies, companies need to understand that a simple security breach can lead to “hostage” situations. Hackers can stop cleaning robots or change their settings to cause physical harm. That’s why cybersecurity needs to be an important aspect that manufacturers and buyers need to consider for a better future.