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Inmarsat seminar series puts digitalisation at the heart of London International Shipping Week

The pivotal role connectivity will play in the maritime future will come into sharp focus at London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17), in a series of Inmarsat seminars probing the impact of digitalisation on shipping, cyber security and safety at sea.

Inmarsat’s London headquarters will host three separate seminars as part of its commitment to LISW17; the week-long programme of events that celebrates and mobilises London’s role as a worldwide maritime business centre from 11-15 September.

In line with the central LISW17 theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World’, Inmarsat will lead discussions in a ‘Digital disruption in shipping – What happens next?’ seminar, running from 3-8pm on 12 September. The session aims to look at what will shape the future of shipping and the supply chain, cutting through the hype that surrounds this topic, with insight offered by keynote speaker and world-leading futurist Gerd Leonhard.

Listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe, Leonhard’s work focuses on the future of humanity and technology, digital transformation, big data, automation, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, among other topics.

“Every industry in every sector is being disrupted and transformed by exponential technological change, including the shipping and maritime industries.  It just takes longer in more specialised and traditionally conservative business sectors, but when it does happen it's often hugely more disruptive than anticipated. That time is here, now!” says Gerd Leonhard. 

“In my keynote I will address the megashifts that are likely to impact this industry, such as the impact of hyper-connectivity, cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.  I will put a special emphasis on how technology will interact with the human element in the near future; outlining some of the key themes presented in my new book 'Technology vs Humanity’.

I really look forward to speaking at such a prestigious event as London International Shipping Week.  The future is already here; we just need to pay attention!”

On the following day, Inmarsat will turn its attention to shipping’s vulnerability to cyberattack, in what promises to be a hard-hitting session, titled ‘Dispelling the myth – The reality of cyber security in the shipping industry’.

With ships increasingly reliant on sophisticated equipment from electronic navigation systems to computer-controlled engines, this seminar will focus on the disappearance of the ‘air-gap’ protecting them from cyber threats. Led by Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat Maritime Vice President Safety & Security, the agenda will explore shipping’s resilience to cyberattack, the consequences for supply chain security and the solutions available.

“Cybercrime is real and any device connected to the internet is vulnerable; recent events demonstrate powerfully that mainstream shipping is no exception,” says Broadhurst.

This seminar will also provide a platform for the launch of a new cyber risk insight paper from Prof Paul Dorey, Director, CSO Confidential, Visiting Professor, Royal Holloway and Chairman of the Internet of Things Security Foundation.

The keynote speech will come from Blue Futurologist Kate Adamson, Chief Executive of Futurenautics Group, with a perspective on cybercrime offered by Andy Davis, Transport Assurance Practice Director of risk mitigation specialists NCC Group - the National Cyber Security Centre part of GCHQ.

The third seminar will be an ‘invitation only’ event staged on the morning of 12 September, focusing on ‘The future of maritime safety – The next generation of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) ’. The session will be introduced by President of Inmarsat Maritime, Ronald Spithout, with the keynote speech given by Katy Ware, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Director of Maritime Safety and Standards at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

With 1.2 million seafarers on commercial vessels relying on Inmarsat as the only GMDSS-approved safety services provider, Inmarsat Maritime Director Safety Services, John Dodd, will outline Inmarsat’s contribution to GMDSS development and offer an insight into SafetyNET II, the upgraded Maritime Safety Information service on which seafarers rely.