DNV GL, the world's leading ship and offshore classification society and one of the world's leading technical risk service providers, has acquired Marine Cybernetics, the leading company for third-party testing of computer control systems. The acquisition expands DNV GL's scope of services in the offshore and maritime industries.
Marine Cybernetics was established in 2002 as a spin-off from the
"The decision to invest in Marine Cybernetics was driven by the increasing importance of software dependent systems in ensuring safe, reliable and efficient operations. We have now come to a point where we cannot only rely on testing and verifying hardware," says
A requirement of software-system certification was introduced into the offshore classification rules by DNV GL some time ago. Currently, the market for the third- party testing and certification of control systems is small but has huge potential.
According to Eriksen, the short-term synergies will facilitate a global roll out of HIL testing services via DNV GL's worldwide network, allowing Marine Cybernetics to reach even more customers across the globe. A mid-term perspective is a combination of service offerings. "As such, we strive to actively drive the further development of the concept of classification. And a longer term goal is to use the competencies and technologies in other asset heavy and software intensive industries, such as the power generation, transmission and distribution industries," says Eriksen.
Marine Cybernetics Chief Executive Officer
He continues, "We have enjoyed a good working relationship with DNV GL for many years and look forward to bringing our companies together to continue to build a sustainable business in the software integrity field, strongly vested in shared philosophies and core values."
"Main shareholder Statoil Technology Invest (STI) first supported Marine Cybernetics through its LOOP product development programme in 2003 and then invested in 2005, recognizing the importance of being able to independently test critical control system software on vessels and rigs. We are pleased to see that MC has found a good home in DNV GL," says
Besides Statoil Technology Invest and the
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