Africa Aerospace & Defence 2018

Things to come [AAD18D2]

20 September 2018

Earlier this month Inmarsat (Hangar 4, Stand W6) unveiled Fleet Data, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service that will enable ship owners and managers to access and analyse real-time onboard data more efficiently, and as a result will help to accelerate the adoption of IoT across the maritime industry.

Developed in partnership with Danelec Marine, Fleet Data will record data from the onboard voyage data recorder and other sensors, pre-process that data and upload it onto a central (cloud-based) database equipped with a dashboard and application process interface (API). This will allow ship owners to identify equipment issues and failures quickly, and easily and seamlessly link third-party applications to monitor vessel performance and fuel efficiency.

Fleet Data is the only service that offers a highly reliable, dedicated bandwidth-inclusive service on a sensor-agnostic platform that allows ship owners and managers to access the full potential of IoT and efficiency-enhancing vessel performance applications, in real time.

"Fleet Data will overcome key difficulties faced by those frustrated with the challenge of aggregating vessel data on board and getting it efficiently on shore," said Stefano Poli, VP, business development, Inmarsat Maritime.

"It will allow ship operators and managers to access, control and exploit their own data, and/ or to make that data available to selected third-party applications as required, via a secure platform that is fully scalable, fleet-wide. Fleet Data can make data available either via a dashboard or via APIs."

Trials are due for completion this month aboard two ships operated by a leading ship manager, which have been verifying performance over a six-month period by relaying data collected through fuel optimisation software.

Fleet Data is available on Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband, the maritime industry's leading global, mobile connectivity services, making it accessible to more than 45,000 vessels.

Laboratory tests with other applications to run over Fleet Data, such as ECDIS chart updates on FleetBroadband, are also underway in Ålesund, Norway, the home of Inmarsat's R&D activities for the commercial maritime sector.

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