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Presentation of innovative systems for the safety of ships at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Date: 12/06/2014

On Thursday, 22nd of May 2014, at the Headquarters of the IMO in London, a delegation of the European Project Lynceus, consisting of the Technical Project manager SignalGeneriX Ltd, Louis Cruises and Lloyds Register, presented how the innovative systems, which are developed during the project, could be used in order to improve safety in maritime transportation. The presentation was given during the technical meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee -MSC- 93, after receiving invitation from Cyprus Representative at IMO and the active support of Dr. Christos Atalianis, Alternate Permanent Representative of Department of Merchant Shipping to the IMO. The Lynceus presentation was well delivered and accepted with positive comments from the committee, taking into consideration the recent major accidents of passenger ships which cost hundreds of lives.

Lynceus is a three year EU funded project, which will be completed in spring 2015. The main objective of the project is to investigate and demonstrate ultra-low power wireless body-area-network technologies for enabling unobtrusive localization and tracking of people for onboard and overboard search and rescue as well as for safe evacuation of ships during emergency. Lynceus was initiated by the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean and it was converted into a comprehensive proposal with the involvement of many Cypriot organizations.

The developed novel technologies are expected to provide a significant boost to the economic activity of the European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) which are operating in the field of fire detection systems, lifesaving equipment, search & rescue systems and emergency management decision support systems.

The presentation of Lynceus at IMO confirms the big interest of the shipping industry in technological solutions which provide greater safety to ships. According to a senior member of the organization: "The presentation of Lynceus’ technologies to the technical committee is a great success for this European project". This success indicates that the shipping industry may soon adopt these innovative technologies in order to improve safety onboard.

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