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TEAM Italia's CEO on the Rolls-Royce partnership and new bridge solution

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Laura Nicholls

Having confirmed their new strategic alliance one-year ago, Rolls-Royce and TEAM Italia are rolling out their newly developed solution for the integrated bridge: the MTU SmartBridge. First presented during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, the bridge solution will be available in tailored packages for all superyachts as of 2020. Already making fast progress towards the digitalisation of superyachts, SuperYacht Times finds out what else the new partnership has to offer the industry from co-founder and TEAM Italia CEO, Massimo Minnella.Team Italia marketingPhoto: Team ItaliaWhat was the inspiration behind TEAM Italia’s partnership with Rolls-Royce?

The partnership is based on the desire of both companies to create an integrated bridge that can combine all the features of the TEAM Italia I-Bridge® and the Onyx Marine monitoring with the features developed by Rolls-Royce for its brand MTU. This has come to life through the MTU SmartBridge, which will combine propulsion, automation, navigation, communication and digital functions into a single platform, providing all relevant information to the superyacht’s captain in one place. Team Italia marketingPhoto: Team ItaliaFrom the end user’s perspective, what are the advantages of this new partnership?

Some of the advantages that the customers will be able to enjoy will be a modular architecture of the bridge solution, which will provide a flexible system that can be easily upgraded, even after ship delivery. We also offer personalised and worldwide support for any need through Rolls-Royce’s MTU network, thanks to the Premium Yacht Service and the dedicated Yacht Customer Care Centre, and finally, full integration with the MTU Go! Platform for innovative digital services. Team Italia marketingWhat will the user interface be like and who can buy it?

Everything will be based on touch screen technology except for the throttle controls that will remain physical. These controls are still highly integrated with the other systems for the use of additional and exclusive tasks. The innovative bridge solution is extremely customisable and therefore, can be easily installed on existing and new yachts. 

To find out more about the MTU SmartBridge or any of the products by TEAM Italia, contact the company directly via the information found below, or during the 2019 METSTRADE show at stand 09.201 in the Superyacht Pavillion.

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