IT solutions for the shipping industry
4 ways to smarten your ship.
The shipping industry is considered one of the world’s oldest industries and still plays an important role in modern society. But are your ships all that modern? If you’re not up to speed on the crucial of the cruise, how do you expect your colleagues, your partners or even your investors to maintain motivation to keep you afloat? Luckily, with the right technology you can set course for shipping success.
The ever-increasing digital era, evolving environmental issues, and new technological requirements are all central parts of picking up a modern pace in the shipping industry. Used properly, an investment in your digital shipping sphere can increase productivity, raise moral and contribute to society, all at once. It can also lead to a reduction in cost and errors by allowing you to collect more data automatically and perform better analyzes.
But where do you start?
Well, by installing the right software, you make sure your crew members can easily keep in touch with their loved ones. By analyzing and finding key climate contributors you can stear your ships in the right direction of becoming clima neutral. By analyzing your internal processes, you can unlock potential earning. And by identifying critical security issues, your ship will be as secure as Pentagon on a rainy day. These are the 4 vital areas we recommend you start evaluating;
1. Cyber security.
Onboard security is arguably one of the most important aspects you should consider when working in shipping, and technology obviously plays a very important role in this matter. If your software and installations are not secure, not compliant, nor adjusted to laws and regulations, you might find yourself in quite a few predicaments. But fear not, advanced security systems and software can help you identify and eliminate potential security threats or breaches to the ship.
If you struggle to grasp which security measures you should focus on, just consider your vessel(s) as floating offices, with all the digital systems, hardware, software, and physical equipment that comes with it. But in the same way onshore offices fear the wrath of hackers, you should be aware of malevolent pirates. The pirates of today are hackers, and your vessel is their priority. Even at sea, you are part of cyberspace, and this means security measures needs to be taken seriously.
Security should be integrated into your ship’s onboard architecture to reduce being exploited. You should define content restrictions and DNS-levels of protection to reduce the likelihood of revealing your ship-operations to cyberbullies. There’s also a good idea to establish emergency management administration and make sure your installations are securely operated, so you will be less vulnerable if pirates do attack.
The easiest way to keep the pirates away, might arguably be to team up with a third party vendor with the proper expertise. This will give you the advantage of automatic compliancy, making sure your vendor will handle, implement, and monitor vital parts of your security platform.
If you are uncertain about your security levels, please feel free to contact us. Hopefully you are all set and prepared to battle any upcoming cybervisits from pirates.
3. ONLINE PRESENCE
Are you keeping your crew motivated and are you able to attract the best available crew? It might seem obvious, but online connections onboard is vital to boost morale, attract new talent and keep your crew happy. Slow or downright bad internet connections may cause severe problems for your fleet, so problem free wireless communication onboard is important.
As far as crew welfare is concerned you should keep in mind that times have changed. It’s not like in the old days, where the crew happily waved goodbye to their loved ones and did not see them for several months. We demand to be connected now and expect nothing less when we are onboard. If you think about it, the internet is one of the biggest game changers in the shipping industry, and therefore should be a key priority on board.
Start by asking yourself how your vessel fits in to a low-emission plan as per today. The more efficient a company is, the more climate friendly it is. You can also better your financial results line by streamlining by becoming more climate friendly.
Today, internet access is central to keep up with a modern business, and configurations should easily be managed across groups of ships. Access to Social Media is an integral part of our lives, and slow or no access to these media platforms can cause irritation.
There are many things you should consider. For instance, are you sure you can maintain and prioritize critical operations while allowing the crew some much needed WIFI? Have you separated networks for business and personal traffic? (In reference to cyber security!)
Can you real time trouble shoot with IT technicians, and what happens if your email shuts down?
Make sure your internet infrastructure is on point, and that you have installed the right components. If you’re uncertain what you should consider, please feel free to contact us.
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A partner who understands your needs.
Exceptional performance requires an IT partner who delivers a secure and efficient platform, and great support. A partner who has an in-depth understanding of your industry, business value, dataflows and processes. A partner who assists your employees, both ashore and at sea to work in a secure and efficient manner.
With our in depth knowledge of the shipping industry, we are not only able to deliver a secure and efficient platform, but help you optimise your workflows as well. Our Managed On-Shore IT offering take full responsibility for your security profile, your PC and mobile devices and IT infrastructure. We offer best practice security profiles, fast and friendly support who know your industry, integrations and applications.
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