BY APB Staff on 12 Oct 2023

Azimut has created an app, in partnership with Google Cloud, that can control features of the yacht through voice commands.

Azimut Magellano 60 HVO

Azimut has kicked off its 2023-2024 nautical season by revealing details of a new collaboration with Google Cloud and Reply — the company specialising in the design and implementation of solutions based on new communication channels and digital media.

The new Magellano 60 — which was recently tested by Azimut’s R&D department and deemed suitable for long voyages using vegetable-derived HVO biofuel — has been chosen to bring the artificial intelligence of Google Cloud and Reply on board for the first time.

“We are thrilled to support Azimut in its digital transformation path leveraging Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence solutions to help them provide their customers with a better experience onboard and develop new standards of innovation in their industry,” says Fabio Fregi, country manager of Italy Google Cloud.

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Azimut says it has created a proprietary app that leverages Google Cloud data management and analysis, and speech-to-text capacities included in its Vertex AI solution, to combine boat management and smart home functionality for the first time. These features allow captains and owners to interact with the yacht through voice commands or access the system remotely.

The beta version, which has been installed on board the Magellano 60 for testing, controls the entertainment, lighting and climate systems, as well as the appliances. It also displays up-to-date information from the main computer, allowing real-time water and fuel monitoring and supporting the optimisation of resource management. Additionally, security cameras can be installed and integrated to remotely monitor the yacht.

Azimut Magellano 60

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Tatiana Rizzante, CEO of Reply, adds: “The main challenge was integrating the digital world with physical engineering, which is our forte. From this union, with the support of Google Cloud technology, the app was created with all the functionalities that can be further implemented.

“We are currently combining the IoT (Internet of Things) component with AI to build an advanced conversational intelligence that can be queried for information on a specific knowledge domain, such as technical manuals on board.”

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