MarISOT Virtual Reality ShipTECH research receives €0.7m commercialisation funding

MarISOT Virtual Reality ShipTECH research receives €0.7m commercialisation funding

Prof. Dr. Evangelos Markopoulos and Prof. Dr. Mika Luimula from the Game Lab of the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) Research Group of Futuristic Interactive Technologies, received from business Finland 700.000 euros funding to deliver a commercialization plan for the MarISOT technology (Maritime Immersive safe oceans technology).

Their project titled ‘Immersive safe oceans technology – certified onboard safety training system utilizing virtual reality’ will last 2 years and will cover commercialization activities such as business development strategies, industrial partnerships, intellectual property rights protection, patents, business planning, corporate schemes, investment studies, etc.

The importance of this project is reflected to the composition of its steering committee which will be led by Dr. Juhani Soini TUAS Vice Rector, and Mr Tero Reunanen, TUAS Head of Education and Research.
The MarISOT (Maritime ISOT) technology emphasizes primarily on safety at sea technologies and strategies that contribute towards effective maritime safety operations. MarISOT intends to positively impact major shipping environmental challenges on accident prevention and sea pollution reduction.

The first practical and tangible goal of MarISOT is the utilization of VR to deliver safety training on the bridge operations, engine rooms and engine maintenance and other operations. This goal has been achieved as the technology is on testing phase and on its early commercialization stage. The second goal, and current state of MarISOT research is the integration of behavioural and cognitive science technologies. The funding received will contribute on identifying the best possible and safest business development and commercialization of the technology in the maritime and shipping industry globally.