north.io pioneers a new era in AI-and GPU-based ocean data processing with NVIDIA

Geospatial cloud specialist north.io aims to revolutionize the modeling, collection, and processing of ocean data using NVIDIA technologies.

“The synergy between north.io’s innovative TrueOcean marine data platform and NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technologies is unlocking unparalleled insights into our oceans, signifying a new era in oceanic data exploration,” states Jann Wendt, CEO of north.io. 

Wendt at the same time highlights the significance of increasing efforts in the region between the North and Baltic Seas, noting it as a major stride towards digitalization:

“The horizon of opportunity extends beyond borders; high-tech leaders are now directing their gaze towards the ‘true north’ of Germany,” adds Wendt.

He underscores the economic and ecological potential of digitalization for the state of Schleswig-Holstein, emphasizing also the importance for the security of the critical maritime infrastructure in the region.

north.io teams have already successfully integrated three cutting-edge NVIDIA technologies into the TrueOcean platform. These are: NVIDIA Earth-2 platform and cloud services, NVIDIA Modulus, and NVIDIA RAPIDS. The combination of these technologies are helping unlock unprecedented insights and opportunities for oceanic use and protection:

“With the burgeoning blue economy driven by offshore wind energy production and underwater infrastructure projects, there’s an increasing demand for advanced oceanographic data processing and analysis. north.io is using NVIDIA technologies to deliver the scalability, speed, and efficiency needed to handle vast oceanic data, helping drive innovation and sustainability in this critical domain,” says Dion Harris, Director, Data Center Product GTM at NVIDIA.

The results of the technological integrations demonstrate immense potential in making projects more efficient while reducing risk and conserving resources at the same time.

“Leveraging Earth-2 and other NVIDIA technologies allow us to save months of work spent on adaptive planning, execution, and data processing”, says Wendt.

Taking offshore wind energy as an example, according to Wendt, the world is predicted to use 1.8 terra-watts of energy from this sector by the year 2050.

“Applying our technology could result in an acceleration of 15 – 20 percent during the planning phases of new wind farms, therefore potentially saving globally billions in consequential costs of climate change. Furthermore, the combination of high-precision weather modeling and autonomous systems drastically reduces human safety risks in rough offshore environments,” he adds.

The importance of north.io’s work is acknowledged by The Schmidt Ocean Institute in California. It is one of the world’s leading and most respected research organizations funded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt:

“Ocean data is essential for understanding our planet, fighting climate change, developing renewable energy, and protecting marine life. The integration of advanced AI and GPU-based technologies in a variety of ways will enable a small revolution in the field,” says Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Executive Director of the Institute.

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