The latest version of the N4 TOS improves speed, reliability and the user experience with operational, system management and UI improvements.
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has announced the availability of N4 3.6, the newest version of its flagship terminal operating software.
“In this release, key enhancements and new features focus on supporting performance and scalability for mega terminal activity, refining the TOS upgrade process and improving the overall customer experience with its next generation UI,” Navis stated.
Navis believes focussing on performance and scalability to support terminals handling up to 12 million TEU is an important step for terminals focused on handling mega vessels . “To date, one of the major limitations for shipping lines to consider when building their new mega vessels is terminal infrastructure limits,” said Raj Gupta, Chief Technology Officer, Navis. “By partnering with Navis and implementing N4 3.6, mega terminals are one step closer to a comprehensive solution that can effectively manage the rise in incoming cargo volume. Navis is on the front line at these terminals and we’re constantly evaluating the functionality of N4 to determine where we can make system management and performance improvements to best meet our customers’ needs.”
Specific areas where functionality has been added or improved in N4 3.6 include rail and automated guided vehicles (AGV) enhancements. “In this release, improvements have been made to the Rail Scheduler, aimed at reducing the average gantry distance to increase moves. In addition, horizontal transport improvements have been made aimed at reducing idling time both for AGV and AutoShuttle equipment types,” Navis explained.
In what could a significant move for the future, N4 3.6 offers a new HTML UI (user interface). Navis had earlier identified that terminal automation changes jobs in IT and operations, and the user experience and user interface needs to evolve with that change.
N4 3.6 lays some of the ground work: “The application has been made presentation agnostic and can be accessed through multiple modes including desktop and laptop. N4 3.6 also offers a redesigned user experience for the Business Intelligence Portal, focusing on optimal query performance and refreshed dashboards for gate and yard operations. These changes are the result of close customer collaboration in an effort to reduce the customization efforts for business intelligence implementations,” said Navis. At this stage Navis is advising customers to use the HTML UI in Google Chrome only; it will be testing and certifying HTML UI in other browsers in the coming releases.
Navis is also promising N4 3.6 will make future TOS upgrades easier and less disruptive, with “several new features to improve the TOS upgrade experience”.
More details on the features and enhancements in N4 3.6 are available from Navis in a datasheet.