Bristol-based geospatial data intelligence start-up Urban Hawk Ltd has been appointed an official partner on the European Commission’s €50 million Euro Sea Traffic Management (STM) project.
STM is creating a new model for maritime information sharing that will become the digital infrastructure of the future for shipping. It aims to connect and update the maritime world in real time, through more efficient exchange of information between vessels, service providers and shipping companies,
Urban Hawk will be using its innovative software technology to analyse large geographic data sets and display them as simple-to-understand visuals.
The software will pave the way for more commercial applications in the field of decision-making, risk assessment and live re-planning on the seas.
Enterprise Europe Network in the South West of England played a key role in alerting Urban Hawk to the project and collaboration opportunities.
South West Marine Sector lead Alistair Cox first alerted the company to the 2017 European Maritime Day & Matchmaking Event. There the company learned more about international collaborative R&D funding opportunities and was introduced to maritime industry stakeholders.
Urban Hawk’s technology is not restricted to the seas. They observe and map around the globe, collating and applying data across market segments. Through data they connect sea with land, and rural with urban.
Robert Sugar, CEO at Urban Hawk Ltd, said: “We are very excited about the challenges ahead of us. We are joining the project with confidence. We know that we have a clear model of supply and demand, a defined problem in the market that we can solve and an ambitious yet credible vision for market penetration.”