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.