Rolls-Royce has unveiled its vision of the land-based control centres that the company believes will remotely monitor and control the unmanned ships of the future.In a six minute film, Rolls-Royce presents a vision of the future in which a small crew of 7 to 14 people monitor and control the operation of a fleet of vessels across the world. The crew uses interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship. “We’re living in an ever-changing world where unmanned and remote-controlled transportation systems will become a common feature of human life. They offer unprecedented flexibility and operational efficiency. Our research aims to understand the human factors involved in monitoring and operating ships remotely. It identifies ways crews ashore can use tools to get a realistic feel for what is happening at sea,” Iiro Lindborg, General Manager, Remote & Autonomous Operations, Ship Intelligence, Rolls-Royce, said. “The autonomous ship does not mean removing human beings entirely from the picture, as is sometimes stated. Unmanned ships need to be monitored and controlled and this will require entirely new kinds of work roles, tasks, tools and environments. The future shore control centre concept has been designed by emphasising the user experience of the human operators. By focusing on the operators’ point of view, it is possible to introduce meaningful, pleasurable and engaging new roles for the ships’ shore control centre professionals,”Eija Kaasinen, Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd said.The film marks the final stage of research that will inform the design and construction of a project demonstrator before the end of this decade. An effective remote operations centre is essential to the company’s plans to develop autonomous and remote controlled vessels.The research was undertaken by VTT and University of Tampere research centre TAUCHI (Tampere Unit for Computer Human Interaction) in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. It explored the lessons learned from other industries where remote operation is commonplace, such as aviation, energy, defence, and space exploration.On 5 April in Helsinki Rolls-Royce will reveal separate research findings, which it believes will set the direction for the development of remote and autonomous shipping.
At a ceremony in Dili, the capital, presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Deputy Special Representative Takahisa Kawakami and Timorese Secretary of State for Security Francisco da Costa Guterres, the National Police (PNTL) resumed responsibility over the Police Intelligence Service, the seventh police entity that the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has handed back.“The Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT are implementing the resumption process in a gradual manner, district by district, unit by unit,” the mission said in a news release. “Assessments of further districts and units are conducted by joint teams comprising representatives of the Government and UNMIT, including PNTL and the United Nations Police (UNPol), using mutually agreed criteria.”PNTL has already resumed responsibility in four districts – Lautem, Oecusse, Manatuto and Viqueque – as well as for the Police Training Centre and the Maritime Unit.UNMIT, set up in 2006 to replace several earlier missions in the small South-East Asian country that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 after it voted to separate from Indonesia, currently has some 1,550 police and 30 military liaison officers on the ground. The impoverished country is also receiving assistance from several UN humanitarian agencies. Today, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that it would be able to expand support to food security in Baucau district until 2011, thanks to €600,000 in funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).The Baucau project seeks to increase the variety, quality and quantity of food produced by the communities living around the Seiçal River, and to promote the progressive transition from subsistence farming to a more market-oriented approach to production.At present over 2,000 families are benefiting from the project, which focuses on integrating production of staple crops (cereals and tubers), legumes and vegetables and small livestock by supplying farming seeds, tools and animals along with training and new adapted technologies. 18 December 2009The United Nations handed over further policing responsibilities to Timor-Leste today as part of the gradual transfer of the security functions it assumed in 2006 after dozens of people were killed and 155,000 others – 15 per cent of the population – were driven from their homes in an eruption of violence in the newly independent country.