Singapore, October 2018: Capt. Rajesh Unni discusses how Alpha Ori Technologies is transforming the multi-trillion dollar maritime industry from analog, disjointed systems into smart digital enterprises, and explains the value creation it offers its client base, which includes big organizations like the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and ST Engineering.
Could you tell how Alpha Ori came to be?
Ninety percent of world trade goes through shipping. I don't foresee that changing dramatically in ten or fifteen years from now. Of course, there's a lot of protectionism. There will be a lot of 3D printing and other technologies that will move this logistics supply chain a little bit. It will change the way commodities are moved around. But there are still certain opportunities that are available in traditional shipping. Instead of looking at it as disruption, I would rather look at this as enabling to optimize and utilize this set a lot better than what it is currently. . . Read complete interview here
Capt.Unni and Bala to announce SMARTShip products for maritime digital revolution
July 23rd, Silicon Valley: Alpha Ori, a technology company focused on creating digital maritime products announced that Bala Sankaran joined the company as Co-CEO in April. Bala will share the management responsibility of AOT with Founder & Co-CEO Capt. Rajesh Unni.
Bala has been an active member of Alpha Ori’s advisory board since the inception of the company. As we launch our SMARTShip solutions in the market and seize the incredible opportunities that lie ahead, it’s important that we continuously add the skill-sets needed for our executive team to spearhead a digital revolution in the industry said Capt. Unni. “Bala has been a trusted advisor to me over the last few years, and he brings a tremendous amount of experience across different industries and an in-depth knowledge of our team and business.”
Having worked with Alpha Ori board closely as an advisor over the last year and seeing the tremendous opportunity in the industry, I am excited to join the team Bala said. " I am looking forward to working with the team and our customers to deliver top of the line digital products and solutions for the maritime sector.”
In his previous stint, Bala served as the Vice President - Global Sales, Marketing Operations & Learning at Twitter. He brings cross-cutting technical experience having worked on a popular social media platform. He has also worked as Strategy and Sales Development Lead at Google.
Bala holds a Marine Engineering degree from MERI, Calcutta and a Master of Business Administration from Wharton School.
Alpha Ori is a consolidation of a few technology companies operating out of Singapore, India and the US. It has a well-established suite of products in the Ship Technical Management area. Ships owned by MOL, Mitsui & Co, Navios, BW, Nissen Kaiun, J Lauritzen, Cobelfret, Marubeni, etc. run on the Alpha Ori ERP Suite.
Singapore, April 2018: The maritime industry is traditionally known for being conservative, but B2B technology start-up Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) is looking to shake things up. AOT is focused on transforming the multi-trillion-dollar maritime industry from analog, disjointed systems into smart digital enterprises. JUSTIN KOR speaks to Chief Executive Officer, Captain Rajesh Unni, on the importance of digitising the industry and what the future holds. . . Read complete interview here
Singapore, Mar 2018: The Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, Dr Lam Pin Min, during his speech at the Ministry of Transport’s Committee of Supply Debate 2018 mentioned about the role being played by Alpha Ori to create a suitable marine ecosystem at Singapore. Alpha Ori is one of the technology developers supported by MPA for realizing the maritime vision of Singapore to be the “Global Maritime Hub” for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent by 2030.
While addressing the committee he said,
“Today, Singapore’s IMC is home to over 5,000 establishments and offers a comprehensive range of maritime services. Looking ahead, we will continue to grow the diversity of our services. Besides encouraging established companies to venture into new business activities, we will catalyse the growth of non-traditional players. These include maritime technology enterprises such as Alpha Ori and Metcore, and digital platforms like VesselsValue. To facilitate expertise and resource sharing between companies in the sector, MPA will also co-fund the cost of shared work spaces and services”...Read Full Story
Singapore’s SMARTShip Centre Of Innovation launched
November 28th, Singapore: Singapore’s SMARTShip Centre Of Innovation(COI) was launched on November 28th at #13-20, Symbiosis, Fusionopolis. COI is being established pursuant to the MOU signed between Alpha Ori and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), TCOMS and Lloyd’s Register to pursue R&D on innovative technology products that could transform the way ships operate at present.
Speaking on the occasion, Capt.Rajesh Unni, CEO of Alpha Ori technologies said; “The Centre of Innovation will be our launchpad to develop products that would ease the pain points prevalent in today’s Ship Operations. In true spirit of the MOU’s that we have executed with MPA, TCOMS, LR and later with ST Electronics; we will be focussed on building capabilities locally and developing niche products that will add to the bottom line of Ship Operators”.
“Alpha Ori’s establishment of the SMARTShip COI in Singapore resonates well with MPA’s digitalisation plan for the maritime industry. Close partnerships amongst the maritime industry, technology partners and research institutes will collectively build a smarter maritime cluster enabled by technologies. I look forward to Alpha Ori’s new centre, which is poised to develop products and services that will transform ship management operations,” said Mr Kenneth Lim, Chief Technology Officer, MPA.
COI also aims to develop and promote local talent in niche technology areas and project Singapore as a global leader in Maritime Technology innovation.
November 28th, Singapore: Alpha Ori Technology Holdings Pte Ltd and Singtel today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the maritime industry a more efficient and cost-effective way of managing their fleets using secured broadband satellite combined with cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Alpha Ori’s on-board automated SMARTShip IoT solution tracks and analyses more than 5,000 data points from the ships’ navigation, engine performance and cargo handling systems. This would help the crew and their onshore fleet operations centre make timely decisions such as re-routing ships to achieve better fuel efficiency or conducting maintenance work only when necessary. The data transmission between ship to shore will be secured using Singtel’s Fleet Xpress high-speed satellite broadband service.
“With Singtel’s leadership in satellite communications, this collaboration is expected to help further secure data exchange between ship and shore. These innovative communication solutions can also help reduce the cost of data exchange for our digitalized ships.” said Capt. Rajesh Unni , CEO of Alpha Ori. “The maritime industry is waking up to the fact that cybersecurity is a growing risk management issue. By leveraging on each other’s strengths, this digital collaboration will help provide definitive solutions for secured IOT through the use of cutting-edge technology.”
The collaboration supports the International Maritime Centre 2030 Advisory Committee’s call to develop an innovative maritime sector in Singapore and help digitalise the industry.
“With more than 90% of the world’s trade being carried by sea, it is imperative for maritime companies to harness innovative ways of managing their fleets more efficiently and securely,” said Mr Andrew Lim, Managing Director for Business Group at Singtel. “As more devices and ships become interconnected, their vulnerability to cyber hacking increases exponentially. Our partnership aspires to provide a secured digital connection between ship and shore, and facilitates the use of IoT, advanced analytics, cloud and cybersecurity solutions. This advances the maritime industry’s digital transformation and paves the way for the roll-out of autonomous ships in the future.”
Co-development of STARRI, a data platform with Cloud-based architecture to power Smart Data Analytics capabilities
Alpha Ori Technology Holdings Private Limited (AO) and Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-create digitalisation solutions for Maritime Fleet Control Centre operations, shipborne and shore-based. STARRI (ST-Alpha Ori Reliable & Intelligent platform), a unified and smart data lake platform equipped with communications connectivity, cyber security, ship and environment converged data, data analytics and machine learning will be jointly developed to provide smarter solutions that power Maritime Fleet Control Centre’s for ship management and operations based on berth-to berth concept out at sea, on passage transit or port calling.
Speaking on the occasion, Capt. Rajesh Unni - CEO of Alpha Ori shared his vision by stating, “Our aim is to create, design and transform maritime landscape by leveraging cutting edge technology. We are thrilled to join hands with ST to build a future ready ecosystem that will add value to all stakeholders in both local and international markets. I am also hopeful that this collaboration will help address the current community challenges and prepare one and all to embrace the next wave of digitalisation”.
“As digitalisation changes the landscape of the maritime industry, we are happy to play a part in driving the transformation with our future-ready maritime digital solutions. This cooperation brings together complementary expertise and capabilities of both companies, and I am confident that it will position us on a higher level playing field as we explore more business opportunities in the local and international markets,” said Mr. Ravinder Singh, President, ST Electronics.
The focus of this partnership is to co-create a new data analytics engine with machine learning solutions and anti-collision capabilities, enhanced with smart sensors. The partnership will also center on strengthening cyber security for shipborne systems including Cyber Security Operations Centre’s for fleet monitoring, cyber protection for critical ship-borne control systems and communications transmission protection.
Also, applications with smart data analytics software will be created, enabling the provision of 24/7 Maritime information as a Service (MaaS) on the Cloud platform for both ship owners and operators. This will allow both the companies to proactively pursue business opportunities in Singapore and globally, with innovative digital use cases in the maritime business.
International Media covered the MOU ceremony. Below are some of the links about the signing ceremony.
Sam Jha, Chief Business Officer of Alpha Ori, talks about the prospects of these technologies in transforming the maritime industry. He also throws light on how these technologies are helping steer customers towards smart shipping.
The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United in Korea
Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying the autonomous systems onboard as safe.
This is the first real example of the digital transformation in shipping – the ships will operate in an autonomous mode for selected functions using cutting edge digital technology. The new cyber-enabled features allow crew to operate ships more efficiently. This is also the first example of a ship certified to stream data into a BigDATA platform.
The autonomous systems were enabled by Alpha Ori Technology with the purpose of several systems being able to operate with a level of automation onboard three vessels to varying degrees. The aim was to minimise human error and make the operation of ships systems safe and more efficient when running in autonomous mode. LR provided independent assurance services to the shipowner during these important first steps, with the objective of applying descriptive notation to the vessels in recognition of the work and certifying the systems as safe. . . .Read more
Lloyd’s Register assigns ShipRight (AL-SAFE) descriptive notes to Trammo Dietlin
Singapore, May 2, 2017--Alpha Ori Technology Group, a global maritech company, today announced that its SMARTShip technology has received AL-SAFE notation from Lloyd's Register. This first of its kind certificate of class was awarded to a Singapore-flagged LPG carrier newbuilding, the Trammo Dietlin. The vessel, owned by Global United Gas Carriers, has been AL-2 and AL-3 certified. The Alpha Ori-installed SMARTShip systems on-board the vessel are intelligent to provide decision support to the crew and point specific applications can be remotely controlled from shore.
Mr. Sam Jha, the Chief Business Officer of Alpha Ori, expressed delight and said, “The Lloyd’s Register’s first-ever certification of Alpha Ori’s SMARTShip technology marks the beginning of maritech transformation that will revolutionize the maritime transportation industry and drive economic value for all stakeholders.” Speaking on behalf of the vessel’s owners, Tatsuya Okamato of Mitsui & Co, Partners of Global United, thanked Alpha Ori for delivering the SMARTShip technology and LR for the assessment and compliance certification. He stated that “it was a matter of great pride for Global United that its vessel was the first ship in the world to achieve this autonomous level of certification.”
The Alpha Ori’s SMARTShip technology is an IoT platform that gathers thousands of data points from various vessel systems, machineries, sensors and ingest the data into a very high power computing server. The on-board IoT server analyses this data and enables localized decision support application for the crew. All ship-specific data sent to shore coupled with historical data analytics from other vessels instantaneously enables the office to make more informed recommendations to the ship staff and remotely control certain specific vessel applications. The SMARTShip technology provides powerful data analytics for more efficient and safe operation.
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MOU signed to focus on developing digitally innovative products for maritime industry
Alpha Ori Technology Holdings Pte. Ltd, Singapore, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Technology Centre for Offshore & Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) and Lloyds Register (LR) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards setting up a Centre of Innovation (COI). The MOUs between these partners at the side lines of the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC), will focus on future maritime technologies and R&D. The COI's efforts will be directed on projects related to Smart Shipping, Advanced Data Analytics, Cyber Security etc.
On behalf of Alpha Ori, Board Member Capt. Rajesh Unni was optimistic and hoped this move will attract more talented youth to join the maritime industry, create a new ecosystem and help transform it. LR CEO Alistair Marsh added that collaboration was critical and this MOU represented a significant move towards further realizing the ship technology that will help safeguard the industry’s future and continue to improve its safety. Prof. Chan Eng Soon, CEO of TCOMS said, "Digitalization is creating new opportunities that will enable the maritime and shipping industry to better understand and improve their operations. We look forward to this partnership that will pave the way for innovative solutions that would help transform the industry, especially in enhancing productivity, efficiency, safety and reliability.
Alpha Ori is headquartered in Singapore and, has a well-established suite of products in SMARTShip Technology, BigDATA Analytics and ShipERP Solutions. Its employees are drawn from a global talent pool of engineers and scientists operating out of technolgy centers in Singapore, India, Israel and the US.
Drones and artificial intelligence among technologies to be harnessed
One of Singapore's oldest industries - shipping - is embracing the very newest technology and innovations, such as drones and artificial intelligence, under a slew of initiatives. The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has just inked five agreements with industry players as it ramps up efforts to build up maritime technological capabilities. The memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with local and global partners - including port operator PSA and Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) - were signed yesterday at the opening of the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference. . . .Read more