The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator is proud to announce the launch of six new digital innovation trials between global startups and leading corporate industry partners, selected and awarded through the programme. The safety technology trials will last approximately three-months each as the startups work with corporate partners to pilot unique digital solutions, addressing real, critical safety and risk challenges across the Energy, Marine and Offshore and Infrastructure industries.
The global Safety Accelerator programme, a joint initiative of Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s Register Foundation and run in partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center, selected its first startup cohort in September 2018 after a Dragon’s Den-style pitch event in Hamburg, Germany. Since then, the Safety Accelerator programme has selected five more successful startups through two further Challenge Rounds to collaborate with corporate partners including Shell, Pacific International Lines and Infratek.
Two of the Safety Accelerator startups presented learnings from the early stages of their pilot projects at a Safety Accelerator Safetytech Showcase on Tuesday, 7 May, during the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston. Austin-based Senseye won a challenge set in conjunction with Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL), the ninth largest containership operator in the world. Through the challenge, PIL sought innovative digital solutions to assess crew's psychological and emotional health before starting an important task or scheduled watch, to ensure their safety and fitness for duty, and to prevent injury, death or damage to property or the environment.
David Zakariaie, CEO, Senseye, said: “Before the Safety Accelerator, we had never considered the possible application of our technology for the Marine and Offshore sector. We are looking forward to working with PIL to adapt our technology to help improve safety onboard vessels and well as explore a new market for our company.”
A second startup showcasing their pilot project at the Safetytech Showcase was Boston-based MultiSensor Scientific, who are working with Norwegian gas transportation company, Gassco, to develop a new solution to detect minor gas leaks in industrial environments.
Stefan Bokaemper, CEO, MultiSensor Scientific, said: “The programme offers great feedback and guidance along the way, helping us to identify a new market and use case for our installed gas imaging technology. We’re excited to see our solution applied to a safety and risk challenge and are looking forward to our live industry trial with Gassco in the coming months.”
Learn more about the six newly-launched global safetytech pilot projects:
1. Sensye/PIL: Determining master's and crew's psychological and emotional health
Austin-based Senseye won the challenge set with Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL), the ninth largest containership operator in the world, to trial a digital solution to assist in assessing the psychological and emotional wellbeing of a crew member before he or she is assigned to an important task or go on duty, in real-time whilst they are onboard, to ensure the safety of crew and prevent injury, death or damage to property or the environment.
2. MultiSensor Scientific/Gassco: Detecting minor leaks in complex industrial environments
Boston-based MultiSensor Scientific won the challenge set in conjunction with Gassco, the Norwegian state-owned gas transportation company seeking innovative new digital tools to rapidly identify, quantify and respond to minor leaks, such as from tubing and valves, in complex industrial environments as part of the daily operation of the facility.
3. Wokerbase/LR: Ensuring marine and offshore crew competency
Munich-based Workerbase won the challenge, set in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register, to a trial new industrial smartwatch, enabling crew to perform jobs competently, reducing risks and injuries by providing them with use dynamic job-related information and feedback.
4. NeuroControls/KOTUG International: Navigating gas vapour clouds
Munich-based NeuroControls won the challenge set in conjunction with Dutch company KOTUG, a leading provider of safe harbour and terminal towage services. The pilot trial will test a new oceanic-use Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imaging camera to detect and visualise gas clouds, enabling vessels to visualise a gas cloud, for example near floating LNG facilities, and safely navigate around it.
5. NumberBoost/Omexom (Infratek): AI-driven real-time error detection
Cape Town-based NumberBoost successfully pitched for and won a challenge defined by Scandinavian company Omexom (Infratek), a leader in building, operating and securing of critical infrastructure. In the pilot, NumberBoost will use their computer vision inspection technology powered by deep learning to build a real-time error detection and feedback solution to automatically detect anomalies in photos of work done on critical infrastructure, to ensure the job is done right the first time and improve safety for the worker and third parties.
6. LexaTexer/LR: Enhancing dynamic risk assessment
Berlin-based LexaTexer won a challenge set in conjunction with LR seeking innovative solutions to keep personnel better informed about operational risks affecting them in their work environment. In the pilot, LexaTexer will read and process unstructured past incident report data, to identify root causes of incidents, and predict incidents in the future.
These global innovation pilots are now underway, with startups and corporates collaborating globally in live environments trialling these new innovative digital solutions, funded and facilitated by the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator.
Maurizio Pilu, VP of Digital Innovation, Lloyd’s Register, said: “As we approach the programme’s one-year anniversary, the engagement of our clients, the quality and number of startups involved, and the resultant pilots are a testament to the strength and importance of the Safety Accelerator to these industrial sectors. I am particularly proud of the expert guidance provided by LR throughout, from helping our clients in the definition of their challenges, to targeting technology areas, to startup selection and subsequent pilot project definition and execution.”
Richard Clegg, Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “Accelerating the uptake and application of technology for the benefit of society is one of the pillars in the Foundation’s strategy. The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator offers a great way to achieve this by bringing together people with challenges with those that have solutions. It’s a win-win, and in the process makes the world a safer place. I’m excited to see what innovative investable ideas come out of it.”
The Safety Accelerator was set up to address innovation barriers in dangerous safety-critical industries and help to de-risk innovation projects to accelerate the adopting of digital technology for the improvement of safety and risk outcomes. By providing the opportunity for industry partners to be early adopters of innovation without the associated financial risk, and also offering technology companies both funding and a route to market, the Lloyd's Register Safety Accelerator has been hugely successful in addressing unmet, industry-wide safety and risk issues.
Every three months, the Safety Accelerator works with new corporate partners to set safety and risk innovation challenges which are important to them, and their industry. With partner Plug and Play, the largest global innovation platform and most active venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, the program then expertly sources innovative startups from around the world with promising cutting-edge technology to solve the challenges. Through a competitive application and pitch process, the program selects startups to solve each challenge. Successful startups receive received trial funding from the program to trial their solution with the corporate challenge partner, as well as access to domain expertise and entrepreneurial support to help bring their solution to market, though support from Lloyd’s Register and Plug and Play respectively, all the while retaining 100 percent of their IP.
Soon, the Safety Accelerator will announce its fourth cohort of startups addressing challenges set by Scorpio, Bernhard Schulte Ship management and Discovering Safety, a programme of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive. The program is actively seeking corporate challenge partners interested in setting a challenge and working with startups in future rounds.
For more information about the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator, including how to become an industry challenge partner, or apply to solve a challenge, please visit: https://www.lr.org/en/safety-accelerator/, or meet our experts at OTC Houston from 6 to 9 May 2019, on Booth # 3761.