How might we overcome the challenges that multiple interface standards present in a vessel operator’s ability to effectively stage and transmit data?

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To stay competitive and agile, vessel operators are embarking on digitalisation journeys by introducing new technological solutions onboard. Typically, when companies implement a new solution, it involves the installation of cables which would take months. If the company wishes to trial another solution, another set of cables and electrical points must be installed. These result in inefficiency and prevent the company from being truly agile. The use of different platforms by each service provider also creates a bottleneck in the staging and transmission of data.

Moreover, in the absence of a common interface to receive and integrate inputs from multiple sources, the vessel operator would have to return to the respective service providers for customisation in order to integrate. This further limits the operator’s flexibility in trialling and exploring new solutions or alternatives.

Pacific Carriers is looking for a cost-effective and efficient solution that facilitates the consolidation of wireless and cable inputs from multiple interface standards (e.g. Internet of Things, Operational Technology, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Industrial Control System sensors) to facilitate the staging and transmission of various data. This will enable vessel operators to overcome infrastructural or connectivity limitations onboard, and provide them with the agility to try out new technologies.

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