From #selfdriving boat to autonomous inland shipping – Presented by Remco Pikaart, Shipping Factory & David Woudenberg, Pieter Boon, Xomnia

From #selfdriving boat to autonomous inland shipping – Presented by Remco Pikaart (Director and Owner Shipping Factory), David Woudenberg (Lead Autonomous) and Pieter Boon (Partner Xomnia), at the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Remco Pikaart (Director and Owner Shipping Factory), David Woudenberg (Lead Autonomous) and Pieter Boon (Partner Xomnia) talk about their project to use Artificial intelligence to enable MCS Factofour to operate autonomously in inland shipping.

On 1 January 2018, both parties established a joint venture called Shipping Technology. The project was established via this JV. All Shipping Factory nautical equipment is connected to the Xomnia technology and, using data collection, a lot of progress has now been made in the development towards the end product. The first models have already been tested.

Xomnia and Shipping Factory met during the innovative SMASH’17 project (smart shipping challenge, of which Rijkswaterstaat is the initiator). The reason was the #selfdriving boat that Xomnia had developed and presented as a scoop at this event.

Remco PikaartAbout Remco Pikaart
Remco Pikaart has been a barge operator for more than 15 years. Nowadays he is the proud owner of Shipping Factory.

Over the years, Remco has defined its goals focusing on market strategy, digitization
business economics and innovation according to the inland shipping sector. By taking part in various boards, panels and project teams, he is closed involved with the developments of the branch.

As ambassador of the Inland waterways, he represents the inland shipping sector at home and abroad. And, as an experienced, progressive entrepreneur with an extraordinary network, he is committed to a sector that connects to the world of tomorrow.

Pieter BoonAbout Pieter Boon
Over the years Pieter has developed himself into a creative and passionate person with a great talent for commercial matters and interests for innovation.

Since 2015 he is partner of Xomnia where he excels in his commercial activities around the innovative projects #selfdrivingboat and the Xomnia Datathon..



David WoudenbergAbout David Woudenberg
Gratuated in Major in Artificial Intelligence 6.9/10 and Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence 8.1/10 (Cum Laude) at the University of Amsterdam, David has developed himself during the years into an extremely high qualified and reputable Scientist.

At Xomnia he is technically responsible for all autonomous projects.

At this time his priority is aimed at autonomous shipping and most important, according to this topic, he concerns himself with transforming the Factofour into the first autonomous inland shipping vessel.

About Shipping Factory
Shipping Factory is an innovative shipping company based in Papendrecht with a staff of 21 members spread over 3 modern inland ships, specialized in container transport between seaports and the European inland.

Each year Shipping Factory ships around 100.000 containers between Rotterdam, Antwerp, the Ruhr District, Düsseldorf, and Cologne.

All this in association with their business partner Neska containerline.

xomnia programAbout Xomnia
Xomnia your Big Data Partner, “we are a team of Data scientists and Big Data engineers empowering organizations to create maximum value out of data by using artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, and big data platforms.

We are the leading Dutch big data company. We excel in generating value from data by developing, integrating and maintaining your big data platforms and predictive solutions. We deliver long-term data science and big data engineering capacity through our traineeships. To summarize, we support organizations in becoming data-driven by offering big data projects, consultancy, traineeships, training, and Data Lab services.

About Cargo Innovation Conference
The logistics industry is gearing up for possibly the biggest challenge in its history. Digital technologies disrupt the traditional valuechain. Disruption is everywhere. The traditional players have to adapt quickly, otherwise new entrants will threaten their positions or even take over.

The Cargo Innovation Conference addresses the impact of digitalisation of logistics processes on efficiency, profitability, user friendliness, transparency and more.


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