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Navis looks to broaden its services

New suite of subscription-based applications target reefer monitoring, berth planning and yard safety.

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Navis has signalled its intent to tap into the market for providing functionality for container terminal operations that are currently outside of its core N4 TOS as a service.

 

At the moment some Navis customers use third party applications that integrate or exchange data with N4 to some degree to support some planning and operational functionality outside of the TOS. Examples include berth planning and scheduling applications, gate booking and management applications, reefer container management and yard planning and optimisation.

 

With its new “Navis Smart Suite” of subscription-based applications Navis has signalled that it wants to be part of the market for services that sit outside of its core TOS product. These can be accessed as subscription services without the need for any TOS upgrades or modifications.

 

In March this year Navis launched its “Smart” architecture, which it described as a new way to access the vast amounts of data its customers have collected in the TOS and make use of it with “smart applications” that can be developed and deployed without upgrades. Navis has now announced the first of its new “Navis Smart Suite of applications”. These include:

  • “Mobile Reefer: Mobile Reefer ensures data accountability, reduces errors and increases productivity for reefer technicians, eliminating the need for manual tracking of reefer containers within a terminal.
  • “Tower Checker: This application increases safety within the yard by identifying and flagging towers of stacked containers that are creating a safety hazard for workers. The planning features of the app allow customers to resolve problems during loading sequences and avoid the creation of new towers from being created - increasing the safety of everyone in the yard.
  • “Berth Planning: This application enables terminal operators to digitize their berth plans. With this service terminals can easily plan berths against proforma and graduate from error-prone spreadsheets”.

Navis has chosen areas where other companies have already found they can deliver value with software that sits outside the core TOS. The Tower Checker is a direct competitor to TBA’s “Chimney App” which some terminals have been using with N4 for some time. Berth Planning competes with a number of planning optimisation tools in the market from companies including Arl consulting, PortChain and specialist optimisation providers. Mobile Reefer overlaps with applications from a wide variety of companies in the reefer monitoring space.

 

With its Smart Suite of applications Navis not just looking to expand, it is also charting a path for its future. It is becoming increasingly apparent that trying to deliver software that includes all the operational functionality terminals require from one monolithic TOS application is not sustainable, and software providers are looking to a new generation of smaller, subscription based services that enable them to be more responsive to customer needs without having to do major product revisions.

 

Navis is also heading in this direction. “Ports, terminals and the vessels that transport goods and materials from one corner of the globe to another are crucial components of today’s global economy, as is the wave of smart technologies that allow them to respond to ever-evolving consumer and trade demands,” said Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer, Navis. “With N4 as a core system, we are developing ‘cloud first’ applications for customers to derive even more value from N4 to support their business. The release of this suite of Navis Smart applications reflects our plan to deliver the next generation TOS.”

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