STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Google and Rolls Royce announced their partnership agreement at the first Google Cloud Summit in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday. The deal between Google and Rolls Royce is to develop further its intelligent awareness systems which are making existing vessels safer and are essential to making autonomous ships a reality. This deal follows Google’s latest acquisition of Bitium, a company that focused on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools, such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications.
“By exploring the possibilities presented by machine learning,” said Eva Fors, Head of Google Cloud Sales Nordics. “Rolls-Royce can combine the latest technology advancements with its deep knowledge of the maritime industry, ultimately bringing significant improvements to the sector.”
The agreement, believed to be the first in the marine sector allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.
“While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient” said Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence. By working with Google Cloud we can make these systems better faster, saving lives.”
The Cloud Summit in Stockholm was hosted by top Google Execs including Bryan Stieks ( Technical Director, Google Cloud), Serge Lachapelle ( Director of PRODUCT Management, Google Cloud), Nick Harteau (Technical Director, Google Cloud), and Sebastian Marotte (Vice President, EMEA Cloud. During the fulll day event speakers provided Keynote presentations and Demo’s on topics ranging from Introduction to Google Cloud Machine Learning to Building conversational user experiences with API.AI.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post