Luminis wins prestigious international Java Innovation Award


San Francisco – Monday October 2nd 2017, the Dutch software technology company Luminis was presented with a Duke’s Choice Award during JavaOne. The Dukes Choice Awards are widely known as the “Oscars of the Java world” and are awarded for the most innovative application of Java. Luminis’ award is in recognition of its design and development of the “Onboard” platform for international shipping. JavaOne is the world’s biggest Java conference and is organized by Oracle.

Luminis accepted the award together with the Rotterdam-based start-up: Onboard, that selected Luminis as its technology partner. The award is one of nine awards issued for the innovative application of Java in 2017.

“What an incredible journey it has been. We started Onboard little over a year ago with the aim to develop the IoT platform for the maritime industry and never in our wildest dream could we have imagined receiving this huge honor today. This would not have been possible without our technology partner Luminis.”, says Florus Wilming, co-founder of Onboard. 

Acknowledging innovation

The Duke’s Choice Awards recognize and acknowledge innovative Java-based solutions by developers. The primary criteria used to evaluate potential winners are innovation and the end-result. “These prizes allow small and niche development companies and even individual software engineers to compete with the world’s largest software companies” according to Oracle. The Duke’s’ Choice Awards were originally launched in 2003 by Sun Microsystems; Oracle continued the tradition after it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2009. Luminis has previously been honored with an award in 2013 for Bert Ertman in recognition of his contribution to the Dutch Java Users Group (NLJUG).

Real-time platform for shipping

The Onboard-platform aggregates real-time sensor data on international ships to provide insights into their respective performance and to predict maintenance requirements. This is used to improve efficiency and a reduction in energy and fuel usage. Onboard’s platform allows the simple configuration and addition of sensor data sources on ships and the remote distribution of software updates while ships are in use. Advanced synchronization techniques are used to ensure that the real-time data platform remains operational, even where there is limited or no internet connection available. Luminis’ Cloud-based data platform, running on AWS, together with several open source software components are used for Onboard as well as other Internet Of Things (IOT) applications