Company

The Problem
Security During Navigation

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.

Security of the Vessel

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.

The Solution
Security During Navigation

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.

Security of the Vessel

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.

Market

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:

  • Buying Drivers: State of the art technology, comfort, and style are the main market differentiators, and they are all typical expressions of Italian creativity.
  • Manufacturing Leadership: As a premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, with 51 high-end shipyards, Italy is the leading country in Europe in this domain, and the second in the world, after the USA. 16 of these 51 Italian shipyards are ranked among the top 50 globally, with two of them taking first and third places, respectively.  Italian shipyards represent excellence in the Luxury Yacht market, both by production and by sales, accounting for 38% of global exports.

Expertise and Tech

Our team at Firstech has a deep working knowledge of the following areas:

  • 3D reconstruction systems based on:
  • Accurate estimation of intrinsic and extrinsic camera calibration, parameters for computer vision applications, including proprietary piecewise distortion compensation for fisheye and wide angle lenses;
  • 3D reconstruction from multiple uncalibrated frames for static objects and ego motion estimation; Stereo cameras and multi-camera setups allowing for accurate reconstruction of both still and moving objects;
  • 3D laser scanning that includes a proprietary technique for providing wide laser blade distortion compensation;
  • Short Wavelength Infrared (SWLR) linear and two-dimensional cameras;
  • Time-of-Flight (ToF) Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) cameras;
  • Low-light imaging and imaging through atmospheric obscurant-based SWIR cameras;
  • Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) based on a multi-sensor fusion approach;
  • Thanks to a proprietary algorithm, every input from accelerometers, gyro-scopes, stereo cameras, magnetometers, GPS, radars, lidars, and other sources can be usefully integrated in order to get a robust reconstruction of the environment and a reliable estimation of actual location;
  • Background subtraction and motion analysis for video streaming along with PTZ (Pan–Tilt–Zoom) cameras;
  • Supervised machine learning techniques for pattern recognition applications;
  • Industrial applications for 2D and 3D quality control, based on deep learning techniques.

Leadership

Aldo Nicolosi

CEO and Co-Founder

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.

Marco Marcon

CTO and Co-Founder

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.

Fabio Nicastro

CPO

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.

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