Azimut bringing AI on board
The Italian shipyard is working with Google Cloud and Reply to develop a new onboard home automation system for its yachts.
In a bid to improve the cruising experience and daily life at sea, Azimut is developing an onboard home automation and smart boat management system with Google Cloud and Reply, a company specialising in the design and implementation of solutions based on new communication channels and digital media.
Google Cloud and Reply are supporting Azimut’s digital transformation, as the shipyard seeks to use technology to improve the experience of life on board and allow owners to focus more on leisure time.
With Google Cloud and Reply, Azimut has created a proprietary app that leverages Google Cloud data management and analysis and speech-to-text capacities included in its Vertex AI solution to combine boat-management and smart-home functionality for the first time, allowing owners to interact with the yacht through voice commands or remotely access the system.
The beta version – installed on board the Magellano 60 for testing – controls the entertainment, lighting and climate systems, as well as the appliances. It displays up-to-date information from the main computer, allowing real-time water and fuel monitoring, and supporting the optimisation of resource management, while security cameras can be installed and integrated for remote monitoring.
Fabio Fregi, Google Cloud’s Country Manager Italy, said: “We’re thrilled to support Azimut in its digital transformation path, leveraging Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence solutions to help them provide their customers with a better experience onboard and develop new standards of innovation in their industry.”
Tatiana Rizzante, CEO of Reply, said: “The main challenge was integrating the digital world with physical engineering, which is our forte. From this union, with the support of Google Cloud technology, the app was created with all the functionalities that can be further implemented.
“We’re currently combining the IoT (Internet of Things) component with AI to build an advanced conversational intelligence that can be queried for information on a specific knowledge domain, such as technical manuals on board.”