|Hayley van Leeuwen, Head of Product, Global Navigation Solutions|
The era of Big
Data, connectivity and the Internet of Things offers significant
opportunities in terms of efficiency, productivity and cost reduction, however,
not all sectors seem to be taking full advantage of these new tools.
The sheer volume of data that is potentially available can be
overwhelming and companies from shipping, as well as many other sectors, are
still working out how to really seize the full potential of everything
digitalization can offer.
are still buying charts and publications in the way they did before digital
navigation. In other words, vessels are carrying large numbers of both paper
and electronic navigational charts (ENC) and digital publications on board just
in case they may need them.
they do not have the time to regularly review vessel inventories against
routes, flag state requirements or technical library requirements. If software
is installed on board to help navigate more efficiently, it usually is not
being fully exploited. And navigational product purchasing is still more often
than not habitual, based on what has always been bought rather than what is