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Helm Order Monitor

Introducing Helm Order Monitor, the groundbreaking solution addressing the critical issue of inadequate helm order monitoring between helmsmen and marine pilots or navigators on ships.

Learn from history – the Costa Concordia disaster occurred because the helmsman applied the helm on the wrong side just before impact. The Exxon Valdez environmental catastrophe, too, resulted from insufficient helm order monitoring. We’re tackling this problem head-on with an innovative electronic device integrating automatic speech recognition and data from the ship’s sensors.

Our technology goes beyond just helm orders. With speech emotion recognition, we can identify and warn against unsafe stress levels on the navigational bridge – a significant factor contributing to maritime incidents.

Beyond its shipboard applications, our product is also instrumental in Nautical simulators, offering valuable training for the proper use and execution of helm orders.

Think of Helm Order Monitor as the Lane Departure Warning system for maritime navigation, ensuring safer journeys at sea.

Aware Mate fatique monitoring camera
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Aware Mate

Introducing Aware Mate, a state-of-the-art solution born from our mission to enhance maritime and inland waterways transportation safety through advanced video detection.

The problem at hand is clear: insufficient fatigue monitoring in bridge watchkeeping, a factor contributing to a significant number of maritime and inland waterways accidents. Estimates suggest that 25% of marine casualties are caused by fatigue. The International Maritime Organization’s research revealed that one in four seafarers admitted to falling asleep while on watch.

The existing solution, the Bridge Navigational Watch & Alarm System (BNWAS), introduced two decades ago, has its shortcomings. The dormant period, ranging from 3 to 12 minutes, allows for potential lapses in vigilance. Aware Mate steps in as the innovative solution, introducing fatigue cameras to bridge watchkeeping.

The intelligent face and eyeball tracking algorithm, paired with infrared technology, ensures accurate fatigue detection day or night.

Aware Mate can be easily incorporated into existing BNWAS setups, ensuring a smooth transition to a more robust and proactive safety protocol.

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From the press

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Meet the startup making the world’s seas safer from Split, Croatia!

Helm Order Monitor is the first of its kind technological solution to the problem of insufficient monitoring of helm orders between helmsman and pilot or navigator onboard ships. We are fixing this problem with an electronic device that combines automatic speech recognition and data from the ship’s sensors.

Croatian start-up makes maritime sector safer with their Helm Order Monitor

ELNAV aims to make navigation at sea safer. I spent thirty years in the merchant marine. During that time, I noticed that there was still a lot to be gained when it came to safety at sea. That is why I founded Elnav, which is part of the ICT Županija ecosystem. Through Elnav, I developed the Helm Order Monitor. This is a system that prevents many of the human errors that occur in the manual steering of ships, thereby increasing safety levels during navigation.

Greater safety through better communication at sea – Automatic voice monitoring for the ship’s bridge

Many accidents at sea are due to errors in communication between seafarers. An automatic voice monitoring system for the ship’s bridge will ensure greater safety. With the speech recognition system and support from Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg, Germany, ELNAV, a start-up company based in Split, Croatia, is developing what it calls a »Helm Order Monitor«.

Digital Dalmatia: Helm Order Monitor

Brodovi većinom plove s uključenim automatskim pilotom, međutim za ulazak  u luke i prolazak kroz uske kanale brod mora ići na ručno kormilarenje. Tada kormilom upravlja kormilar kojem pilot ili navigator izdaju naredbe za kormilarenje prema za to propisanim pravilima.

Helm Order Monitor (podn. prijava patenta) ili u prijevodu Monitor naredbi za kormilarenje je elektronički uređaj predviđen za upotrebu na zapovjedničkim mostovima brodova koji koristi funkciju prepoznavanja govora te prema za to predviđenim pravilima i primljenim podacima s brodskih senzora kontrolira jesu li izdane naredbe za kormilarenje razumljive, potvrđene i pravilno izvršene.

Helm Order Monitor je prvo tehnološko rješenje problema nedovoljnog nadzora naredbi za kormilarenje između kormilara i pilota ili navigatora. Trenutno ne postoji sustav koji se bavi tom problematikom, stoga će to biti nova tehnologija koja pridonosi povećanju sigurnosti pomorskog prometa.

Ako bi tražili analogiju s cestovnim prometom, Helm Order Monitor je sličan nadzoru izlaska vozila iz vozne trake (LDWS).

Human error accounts for 75% of marine liability losses

While huge strides continue to be made in improving marine safety, human error remains, by far, the most important factor in marine liability claims and losses, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in its Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.

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