The big data project AquaCloud has come far since it’s launch in 2017, and are now strengthening the team to reach the ambitious goals of the project. Jørn Torsvik has been appointed new project manager of Aquacloud, starting immediately.

Strengthening the AquaCloud project

“We are happy to strengthen the Aquacloud team with Jørn Torsvik. He has broad experience and competence within digitalization, and know the inside of the seafood industry from his background in ScaleAQ. We look forward to the development of Aquacloud with Jørn onboard, and have strong ambitions on how Aquacloud can contribute to knowledgebased insight and decision making for the salmon farmers. “ says Einar Wathne, Chairman of the Board in NCE Seafood Innovation who has been Aquaclouds project manager until now. Einar Wathne, will continue to contribute through his positions as member of the AquaCloud steering group and Chairman of NCE Seafood Innovation.

Torsvik has over the last 3 years worked closely with AquaCloud through his former position as CDO at ScaleAQ. He brings considerable competency within digitalization and the cross-section of technology and business development into the AquaCloud project.

”The awareness and maturity regarding data driven insights in aquaculture have increased significantly just over the last few years. To drive it further, AquaCloud plays a key role in standardization and providing a common industry infrastructure for data sharing and innovation. I look forward to work with the current project partners and to strengthen broad stakeholder involvement going forward”, says Jørn Torsvik.


About the project:

AquaCloud is a big data project anchored in the industry’s need to build better tools for sea lice management. The data uploaded to the platform come from the sites that are in operation by the industry companies. The project is initiated by NCE Seafood Innovation, with cluster members MOWI ASA, Lerøy Seafood ASA, Grieg Seafood ASA, Bremnes Seashore AS, Bolaks AS, Eide Fjordbruk AS and Lingalaks AS.

The scope of AquaCloud 1.0 was to establish a secure database for storing data and to use advanced analytics to identify where sea lice outbreaks were probable.

This part of the project celebrated some success. However, data quality and dependability where insufficient to reach the ambitious goals of the project.

AquaCloud 2.0 was established to improve the data quality. This part of the project is organized in three major workflows:

  • Sensor standard – The aim is to develop an open internet of things (IoT) based standard allowing equal access to aquaculture management systems.

  • Health and welfare – health data is presently reported from multiple systems with different suppliers. The scope here is to structure and standardize how data is gathered.

  • Environmental monitoring – Having experienced the importance of dependable environmental data the cluster has initiated a total review of an existing standard

Project goal and aim: 
Introduce Big data og AI as tools for management and R&D in the seafood industry. The project aim to establish industry standards for data sampling and use in fish health and management reporting, analysis and forecasting.