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Navis puts data to work

‘Navis Smart’ aims to leverage data from its carrier and terminal applications to optimize planning, visibility and asset utilisation.

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Ahead of its Navis World conference in San Francisco this week Navis unveiled Navis Smart, a new “layer of technology” that straddles its ocean carrier and terminal applications to capture and standardise data. The intention is to use that data as a foundation to apply machine learning to Navis applications.


The Navis portfolio of products covers stowage planning software, vessel-based loading computers and terminal operating system (TOS) software for terminals. Navis notes that these products “have collected and aggregated vast amounts of key ecosystem data for many years and there is a mounting desire amongst customers to access that untapped data to unlock additional value within their operations”. Navis Smart, it is intended, will provide the shipping industry “with the step change necessary to unleash the next wave of application intelligence – enabling insights from connected solutions and leveraging learning or cognitive computing, while simultaneously bringing down the total cost of ownership of assets”.


“The industry has had many waves of innovation driven by standardization of the container up to the most recent automation and electrification of container handling machinery,” said Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer at Navis. “In today’s digital economy, where data is more valuable than ever, we see smart applications leveraging data across multiple existing systems. The emergence of these smart applications will revolutionise the way terminals and carriers manage their operations. Smart applications that utilise this untapped data will drive the next wave of innovation and new opportunities for progressive improvements in asset utilization and operational performance. We’re excited to bring Navis Smart to market as we continue to provide our clients with solutions that continuously learn and improve to meet their daily needs.”


Navis is promising that its Navis Smart solutions can be developed and rolled out quickly, without the need for upgrades to existing applications. As well as bringing greater real time visibility into different segments of the operation, the Smart solutions “lay the foundation for the next wave of machine learning innovation in the ocean supply chain,” Navis emphasised.


Navis will present two of the first applications built with Navis Smart technology at Navis World 2019 this week:


The first is called “Compass”, and focuses on providing a single view of the workflow for a handling a vessel across the terminal. Compass is billed as “the first step to consolidate many different planning phases into a more concise and intelligent planning process”. “It will help terminal teams, EDI clerks, vessel planners, planning managers and operations managers be on the same page and avoid costly errors,” said Patrick Brehmer, Senior Product Manager, NavisLabs.


“At present, management of different tasks and processes across the terminal container flow take place in silos, with little standardisation or real-time information exchange, and few opportunities for collaboration,” added Younus Aftab, “We are addressing these fundamental constraints to give our terminal customers the critical visibility and connectivity required to reach the next level of efficiency and productivity. Our end-to-end application ensures the availability of critical planning information exactly when it is needed, enabling more informed decision-making and better service.”


The second is N4 Ops Monitoring, which –provides real-time business intelligence for operations monitoring. “To make critical decisions in real-time, operations managers need visibility into operational events as they happen to make decisions and take action on the spot, to handle exceptions and to improve productivity while saving time and cost,” said Manoj Bhardwaj, Director of BI Solutions, Navis.

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