The technological advancements in the fields of sensors, IoT (Internet of Things) or simply ingenious usage of mobile apps has led to maintenance procedures and asset management to become smarter and more efficient. With a wide arrangement of technologies available it is truly a case of picking the best suited one for the situation. Between asset management and industry 4.0 there are plenty of use cases that innovators have picked up and created smart solutions for them.

Over the 5 years that PortXL has been operational so far, we have had 9 relevant start-ups – hailing from 6 separate countries spread over 2 continents – make their journey through our program. Today they are featured together in this start-up showcase.

Sensar – The Netherlands

Sensar helps organizations manage risks related to ground subsidence by providing professional data products based on satellite radar data. The radar satellites record the radar’s reflections that the earth, buildings and objects generate. By comparing multiple recordings of the same area or object, we can measure millimeter-level changes in height. The radar’s reflections depend on surface characteristics and are best for solid objects such as urban areas, roads or bare earth.

Deformation measurements play an important role in the life-cycle of many civil infrastructures. Being able to perform many measurements before, during and after construction by using satellite data allows engineers and risk managers to optimize infrastructure design, reduce costs of monitoring after completion and plan maintenance well in advance.

VRT – Finland

VRT provides pioneering solutions for 3D surveys and utilisation of 3D data with multibeam sonar, laser and drone inspections. Their service offers a combined view of the condition of under and above water structures, in addition to seabed with interpreted 3D data delivered to you online. They use their own inventions specifically designed for vertical structures. The VRT fleet includes agile manned survey vessels designed for tight spots. A VRT survey vessel can scan up to one kilometre of quay, bridge, pipeline, jetty or dam structures, just to name a few, per day.

Oculavis – Germany

Oculavis redefines the meaning of smart maintenance with smart glasses, augmented reality and the multiple award winning remote support solution oculavis SHARE. This helps workers to solve problems from a distance, which has become of extra importance in current times, with a pandemic ongoing.

Maindeck – Norway

A modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the ship maintenance and repair industry, with a specific focus on dry-docking projects. It offers your team a full set of tools that will help you towards a successful dry-docking completion. Maindeck is the next-generation planning- and project-management software for Fleet Managers and Technical Superintendents. Throughout the entire dry-docking process, from the first inspection to the final report, all information is gathered and organised in one place providing you with a complete overview of where your project stands.

Semiotic Labs – The Netherlands

Semiotic Labs’ product SAM4 is a predictive maintenance system that helps maximize asset uptime by detecting developing faults up to five months ahead using electrical waveform analysis. At the same time, that same data provides concrete insights that enable energy and carbon reductions.

Richtlijn Geodesie – The Netherlands

Richtlijn Geodesie provide advice and support with every geodetic issue. They demonstrate the quality of geo-information products in advance, during or afterwards through quality monitoring and control. This is not only about smoothing geodetic measurements and determining errors in a measurement, but also to prevent these errors. Their newest solution – the DefoCube. This low-cost device contains a precision GPS sensor combined with IoT technology to create an IoT node – a small and simple device which can help asset managers predict maintenance with higher accuracy.

Mapgage – The Netherlands / Malaysia

MapGage addresses the gap between fieldwork and data-driven operations with a mobile and cloud-based software solution that digitalizes fieldwork and generates custom inspection forms compatible with the specific needs of its customers. With the use of MapGage companies can integrate GIS maps, technical drawings, sensor data and field observations into their daily field operations. Tedious paperwork is eliminated, and reporting time is significantly reduced.

Docktech – Israel

DockTech is a SaaS water depth monitoring platform for ports and waterways, that enables users to understand the bottom state at any time. Using multiple differential layers of display data allows the user to view crucial costumed information only and gain depth assurance. Vessels today are a huge hubs of sensors. During a voyage, vessels generate sensor data such as water depth, location, temperature and much more. By using big data and AI, the Docktech team are able to understand what are the current conditions along shipping routes. The abundance and frequency of the collected data enables them to detect patterns of change and predict how it will affect shipping condition in the future.

McNetiq – The Netherlands

McNetiq provides safe magnetic anchoring as an alternative to temporary welds. This technology is based on the ability to determine with certainty the effective load force of a magnetic connection on a steel surface. This is an absolute condition for a safe fixture since steel thickness, coatings, and air gaps are influencing the actual magnetic force. Controlock® technology is unique in enabling permanent or temporary magnetic connections. Using McNetiq’s magnetic anchors with Controlock® can prevent welding or other -possibly permanently damaging- alternatives.