During navigation, captains and pilots need to avoid collisions either with the surrounding environment, during docking and mooring, or with dangerous floating bodies, known as large scale marine debris-- especially when traveling at high speed. These floating objects represent a serious threat to safe navigation, potentially causing severe damage or even the loss of a vessel, as well as a huge casualty to ship owners and insurance companies alike.
Theft of an entire vessel, especially in certain areas of the world where boats can be reused for illegal activities, is an ever growing phenomenon.
With our system, the captain or the pilot can have a real-time 360° view of the outside environment, complemented by the vessel’s progress along its intended trajectory and by color-coded danger zones. Both assisted docking and driverless docking options are available to relieve stress at the helm station. Prompt warning alarms will sound in the event of possible collisions with neighboring vessels or with the quay; in case of detection of dangerous floating bodies ahead, immediate action to cut engine power or veer off is automatically triggered, so that there is enough time to correct the course.
Advanced 3D biometric face recognition provides full control of human presence in sensitive areas on-board, guaranteeing completely customizable access control to operating commands and servo mechanisms of the vessel.
Our technology fits the entire maritime field: luxury yacht, cargo, cruise and ferry vessels.
The initial market we are targeting with our solution is luxury yachts, starting from the top segment (boats upwards of 25 meters long). This is a market worth $9.3 billion in global sales, with the USA and Italy being the largest manufacturing countries. As an Italian startup, we have two key advantages:
Our team at Firstech has a deep working knowledge of the following areas:
Entrepreneur with a long career within high-tech as applied to industry and research. Multiple roles with global leaders with primary computer and software manufacturers. Holds a degree in Physics from the University of Catania.
Assistant professor at the DEIB within the Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI), strong experience in Face Recognition, VirtualVision, Image Processing, Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence, and Signal Analysis. Holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from POLIMI.
Entrepreneur, owner of Austech Italia SRL, and a major shareholder of Firstech. Has held several management roles in ICT and microelectronics with market leaders including Computer Sciences Corporation of Boston. Holds a degree in Physics from the University of Rome.