Research, copy writing and assistance from Tammy Lew.1
In an industry that handles transportation for 90% of the world’s traded raw materials and goods, it’s critical to ensure the safety and timely travel of ships. While current technology can capture images of large ships traveling across the ocean, it takes hours to identify and is fraught with inaccuracies – “nobody knows how to tell which ship is which…except people who own and operate them” - John Mount.
Harnessing the Internet of Things and the power of IBM Watson Developer Cloud Visual Recognition, MP Maritime, a shipping intelligence company, is starting to develop a way to use satellite images to identify large ships quickly and more accurately. Combining image recognition with other ways to locate vessels based on AIS (RF wave) beacons, and various other satellite signal platforms it’s possible to locate and identify which ship is which. This technology could open up that information to a broader audience by identifying specific ships coming into port, or where they are located in the ocean.
While this partner has just started using Watson Vision, John Mount of MP Maritime, states - “We achieved more than I was expecting to in the initial rounds of testing. The results are extremely promising." Using this technology, MP Maritime can better track, assess, and manage the location of their ships not only with satellite tracking systems, but now with images as well.
IBM Watson Developer Cloud Visual Recognition are not limited to just visually recognizing ships. As pointed out by Mount, “there are applications in many industries inside and out of shipping.” With over 1.8 billion photos posted online every day, this abundance of data can now be harnessed to understand what people see. From commerce to security and everything in between, photos and videos are increasingly being created, viewed, and implemented across all lines of business.Try out Visual Recognition today! What will you teach Watson?
1 Tammy Lew is on the BlueSpark Watson Product Vision Team with responsibilities for customer and market research, product analytics, and assists with product release tasks. She is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with B.S. in Economics and Human Computer Interaction.