Inmarsat has unveiled Fleet Data, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service, which will enable ship owners and managers to access and analyse real-time onboard data more efficiently, and as a result will help 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 (VDR), and other vessel sensors, pre-process that data, and upload it to a central (cloud-based) database equipped with a dashboard and Application Process Interface (API). This will allow ship owners and managers to quickly and easily identify equipment issues and failures and seamlessly link 3rd party applications to monitor vessel performance and fuel efficiency.
Latest research published by Inmarsat on digital transformation in shipping indicates that, on average, ship operators and managers plan to spend $2.5 million on IoT-based solutions within three years and expect, on average, to achieve IoT-driven cost savings of 14% over the next five years.
The research also strongly suggests that a greater maritime appetite for IoT-based solutions would emerge if more data could be delivered and analysed in real-time.
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 onshore,” says 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,” says Poli. “Data reports can be customized and modified, then sent back as a configuration file to update the Fleet Data equipment software on-board”.