Smart City Ferries - Solutions and Opportunities

Smart City Ferries – solutions and opportunities information package gives readers an overall picture about intelligent waterborne traffic, about the state of present R&D as well as challenges concerning it, and spreads information about experiences from the project. The first part of this information package focuses on safety and technical solutions on autonomous vessels. In the latter part, the smart pier concept and intelligent waterborne service design are presented. Download here

The following reports offer more detailed and specialised information about several topics

Hazard Analysis Process for Autonomous Vessels

Development of Classification Procedures for Autonomous Ships

A study on energy solutions for city ferries (in Finnish only)

Specifics of using Lidar and IR-camera for detecting obstacles on maritime vessels

Building and operating a UHF-band test network for providing mission critical marine communication in the Turku archipelago

Cyber Security and Securing Data Transfer in the Development and Operation of Autonomous Vessels (in Finnish only)

Smart Pier Concept åBy

Some of the reports are available only in Finnish language. Reports will be published during the summer 2018 in the Novia University of Applied Sciences’ publication series. 

Theses and concepts


Emergency Management aboard Unmanned City Ferries – A New Role for the Passenger? (in Finnish only)
Mari Junkkari has in her thesis for Novia University of Applied Sciences examined how the role of the passenger would change in an emergency should there be no crew on board to initiate firefighting and rescue measures. Download here

Enabling Waterborne Public Transportation with Automated Service Piers - Human-Centred Service Design for Automated Maritime Travel within the Urban Archipelago. The concept is developed in Aalto University by David Bradley Mullen. 
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Pier proposal and a view from the service storyboard. Images by David Bradley Mullen.

Services or the Smart Quay: Research study on integrable services in the new movable Smart Quay. Master’s Thesis made by Ove Sundkvist in Turku University of Applied Sciences - Download here.

A ferry connection to the national park - Customer journey path for a ferry traveller in the Archipelago national park. Bachelor’s Thesis made for Metsähallitus by Sanna-Mari Jalonen in Turku University of Applied Sciences - Download here 

A service path on a ferry to the archipelago, with adventurous trippers as an example group (Figure: Sanna-Mari Jalonen).


Examples of the product and service concepts produced during the project

Smart Föri concept. This concept takes account of the accessibility and amenities from the viewpoint of different users. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Nicola Mäkilä, Zurisadai Hands, Niina Salmi and Veera Ketonen. 
Different users of the smart urban ferry and the ferry in the lower reaches of river Aura (Figures: left Henna Sandell, right Jaana Pitkänen and Henna Sandell).

Kipparikaveri - a game-based safety application, with which the passenger can learn how to act and use the rescue equipment in dangerous situation on an autonomous unmanned vessel. The idea is that the passenger can gain familiarity with and learn to use the rescue equipment before boarding the ferry. The further development of the safety solution has been negotiated with the City of Turku. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Markus Pulli, Laura Höglund, Airi Katajamäki and Emilia Kulma.

Kipparikaveri safety application (Figures: Markus Pulli, Laura Höglund, Airi Katajamäki and Emilia Kulma).

Info application for the provision of information on the archipelago. The purpose of this application is enable those with no boat but who wish to visit the archipelago to find the providers of both public and private water transport services, including the schedules and routes. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Jaana Pitkänen and Henna Sandell.
Example views of the Info application (Figures: Jaana Pitkänen and Henna Sandell).

Urban Waterborne Transit service concept, which combines digital services with the ferry concept. The example of this include archipelago cards that can be loaded in advance, whereby the information on the island that is the destination of the trip will be stored on a smart device, also when no network connection is available. The concept is developed in Aalto University by Juho Kruskopf. 

On the left, a view of the network service concept, on the right, an autonomous ferry concept (Figures: Juho Kruskopf).

Poijju concept: floating recreational platform (for example for a sauna) that can be rented and that can be moved. The concept is developed in Aalto University by Liina Pölönen and Mikko Hakulinen. For information

On the left, the user interface of the Poijju service, on the right, the Poijju ferry concept (Figures: Liina Pölönen and Mikko Hakulinen).

Lighting as a Service concept, which provides guidance and creates a feeling of safety. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Miska Harjamäki, Janne Juuse and Doris Välikangas.

Among other things, light can be used to create understandability and accessibility (Figures: Miska Harjamäki, Janne Juuse and Doris Välikangas).

Agorà ferry concept: a place for meeting people, spending time, doing shopping and travelling between the city and the archipelago. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Chiara Parise, Cristian Garcia Cebollada, Toni Heino, Milja Kokko and Debora Scwarzbach.

The appearance and interior of the Agorà ferry concept (Figures: Chiara Parise).

Wavelet - a configurable bench projecting live light onto the floor, which projects light, creating a soothing atmosphere. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Jaana Pitkänen.

Soothing light by the Wavelet seat concept (Photos: left Zurisadai Hands, right Tarmo Karhu).

Ror - a lamp concept producing indirect light, under which lamps can be assembled to delineate space or, using different attachment methods, they can be used singly. Negotiations with a Danish lamp manufacturer are underway. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Janne Juuse.

The Ror lamp concept in a natural concept and at a fair in Stockholm (Photos:  left Janne Juuse, right Tarmo Karhu).

mushROOM seat and weather protecting cover concept for waiting for a ferry on a smart quay. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Giorgia Gallesio.

A mushROOM cover and a seat (Figures: Giorgia Gallesio).

BeBalance - a balancing seat concept to counteract nausea during travel; the seat will remain aligned with the horizon even if the ferry was rolling. This concept makes use of a technology patented in another connection. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Zurisadai Hands.

BeBalance seat keeps you always in a horizontal position (Figures: Zurisadai Hands).

The Dock seat concept, under which your baggage will remain neat under the seat and your mobile devices will be charged over a wireless connection. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Henna Sandell.

Dock seat concept (Photos: Zurisadai Hands).

The Life Preserver concept: Under the project, a safer and smarter life preserver was developed, the features of which included better visibility, better localization at sea and improved safety. Various colours and material of the life preserver were also investigated, including finding the easiest manufacturing method. The life preserver was tested with professionals, and the development process will be continues after the project. The concept is developed in Turku University of Applied Sciences by Sofia Nieminen and Kalle Tuominen.

For more information on the above mentioned concepts, click the links next to this and, if necessary, contact Tarmo Karhu, responsible for the training and research in design at Turku University of Applied Sciences (-).

Demo video

Remote monitoring or operation centers will be a workplace for many seafarers in the future. But what will a functional remote operation center be like — a navigational bridge transferred ashore or a new kind of smart working environment that supports operators’ situational awareness? In ÄlyVESI project, we believe in the latter option.

Language and speech technologies are in the core of intelligent tools of the future. With these technologies, it is possible to, e.g.:

  • Enhance information production: e.g. log book or maintenance report dictating
  • Ease and automate information searches: information retrieving from essential sources
  • Control functions by voice

We tested speech recognition and speech synthesis tools in Aboa Mare maritime Simulator Center in Turku Finland. In the video operator uses speech commands to control vessel by autopilot. Watch the video »


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