OpenBridge is a research and innovation project developing an open platform that provides better and safer user interfaces on ships and simplifies multi-vendor integration

Ship Bridges made up of systems from many suppliers that deliver individual implementations to each bridge. This leads to fragmented workplaces with a large number of different user interfaces, which in turn leads to an increased need for training and increased chances of human error. Also, this leads to high cost and low innovation speed, since suppliers must develop and maintain a large number of systems aimed at individual suppliers or ships.

OpenBridge  will  solve  these  problems  by  developing  design  guidelines  based  on  modern  user interface technology, human-centered design principles, component libraries and industry 4.0 IT methodology. The idea builds on design systems, which  is  an  approach  used  in  the  IT  industry  to  streamline  digitalisation  across  many  systems.

OpenBridge will deliver a maritime design system adapted to maritime use situations, implementation strategies and regulations. Together with the industry, a multidisciplinary research  group  carries  out  the  research  and  development  that  is  necessary  to  realize OpenBridge.

Since 2017 the OpenBridge project has completed the concept and specification phase and is now extended through 2022. It is co-funded by public  and  industry  partners  and  The  Research  Council of Norway.The research is carried out by the Ocean Industries Concept  Lab  at  the  Oslo  school  of  Architecture  and Design, SINTEF Ocean and The University of South-Eastern Norway.

Main OpenBridge Components

Design guideline
 The  system  combines  end-user  needs  for  consistent  and  comprehensive  design  with  easily configurable graphical profiles. This results in much more efficient development of modern user-friendly bridge systems.
User testing framework
The framework consist of tools, processes and methods for iterative quality assurance of design guidelines, components and implementations. The framework establishes new and measurable standards  for  user  interface  quality  in  maritime  workplaces on ships or on land.
IT platform
Implementation platform independent of integrator ­system­ and ­applications. The platform simplifies system implementation across stakeholders, and facilitates the simplest possible approval of components and systems.
Component-based documentation and authentication.  This allows the approval of individual parts of user interfaces and functions, regardless of bridge resolution.