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Home-grown Maritime Traffic Management software to be ready in 2022, says IIT Madras

By WION

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) will be developing an indigenous Vessel Traffic Management Software and hardware that is used in ports. Currently, Indian ports use foreign options for fulfilling the same purpose, thus leading to higher costs.

A Memorandum of Understanding between IIT-M and the VO Chidambaranar (VOC) Port Trust in Tuticorin was signed for this software development project. Led by the National Technology Center for Ports Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), a centre of excellence at IIT Madras, this project is in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) and Digital India. The present VTS at VOC Port has been operational for nearly seven years.

Given the rapid increases in maritime traffic in India and abroad, a more VTS effective system would help create higher safety levels.

According to T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, VOC Port Trust, Tuticorin, theirs is the first major Indian port to sign an MoU with NTCPWC for indigenous software development. He said this home-grown alternative would be a game-changer in Indian Maritime Industry.

WION spoke to K. Murali, Professor In-charge, NTCPWC-IIT Madras, to understand the advantages of this project and its larger significance in comparison with foreign options.

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