Concrete Use Cases relevant for Industry and Society

Internet of Underwater Things

Data-driven underwater technologies and sensor networks are the lifeline of the flourishing digitized Blue Economy of the future.

This use case aims to enable sensor technology to capture a digital twin of the underwater world in real time and develop Gaia-X compatible structures around data acquisition and processing (from edge to cloud). This is done through a feasibility study based on the Ocean Technology Campus of Fraunhofer IGD and through experimentally advancing the Internet of Underwater Things by creating a Gaia-X compliant data environment.

"The goal of our research is to develop an open Maritime Data Space for data acquisition, storage and processing in such a way that we can enable the use of digital twins of the underwater world in real time and make them useful for different application of our industrial partners."
Prof. Dr. Uwe von Lukas
Head of Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Marispace-X “Internet of Underwater Things” Use-Case Lead

Offshore Wind

Offshore wind farms are a key to NetZero- Marispace-X develops solutions for collaborative data collection, management, and smart asset handling.

This use case’s goal is to develop data-driven applications and generate trustworthy data spaces for collaboration and efficiency gains of offshore wind farms by collaborative development of tools to map the entire process chain in the collection and analysis of data and by enabling end-users to store, manage and analyze data over the full lifetime of projects (25 years +).

"In the future, Marispace-X can help to significantly increase the deployment speed of offshore wind turbines by, for example, multiplying the speed of data processing in the surveying phase."
Frithjof Hennemann
CEO TrueOcean GmbH, Marispace-X “Offshore Wind” Use-Case Lead

Munitions in the Sea

German waters alone contain over 1.6 million tons of old munitions - new smart ways of data analysis and management to tackle the problem are needed.

The use case aims for realizing significant improvements in the analysis and management of data for munitions recovery through new developments in cloud, edge, and fog computing. This includes the transfer of novel intelligent analytics into a secure and scalable cloud environment as well as Gaia-X compliant implementation of federated identity and trust services for the security-critical ordnance domain.

"Explosive remnants of war in the ocean endanger the environment, shipping, marine infrastructure, and human safety around the world. Marispace-X can help to locate and clear these munitions more efficiently by enabling the secure and sovereign exchange of protected data between industry, research institutions and government agencies."
Jann Wendt
CEO, Marispace-X “Munitions-in-the-Sea” Use-Case Lead

Biological Climate Protection

Ocean plants have high CO2 storage capacities - the use case is intended to provide a basis for determining and optimizing the CO2 savings potential of macrophytes.

The goals of the use case are to identify, quantify and optimize the potentials of using CO2 storage capacities of the oceans in the fight against climate change. This is done by establishing novel analysis methods of sensor fusion of optical remote sensing data and underwater acoustic data and through the development of AI-based predictors of optimal macrophyte settlement areas.

"The project is investigating how coastal vegetation can be selectively cultivated in the future to use it to sequester more CO2 from the atmosphere. To research the ideal conditions, we match aerial data with data from the sea and can thus determine the distribution and CO2 storage capacity of the plants."
Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt
Director of Dept. of Geography, Kiel University, Marispace-X “Biological Climate Protection” Use-Case Lead

Critical Infrastructure

The collection, exchange and analysis of large volumes of maritime data play a crucial role in the monitoring of critical underwater infrastructure.

The aim of this use case is to develop a secure and reliable data ecosystem for the management, analysis and sharing of data, based on the concepts and technologies of Gaia-X, to support the challenges of monitoring critical underwater infrastructure. It's ability to facilitate the sovereign exchange and correct use of mass maritime data from a wide range of sensors plays a fundamental role.

To be able to respond to threat scenarios in an appropriate and timely manner, it is crucial for the security and integrity of these infrastructures to think strategically about maritime big data across authority boundaries."
Jann Wendt
CEO, Marispace-X "Critical Infrastructure“ Use-Case Lead