Monday , 23 September 2019
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Navis launches new technology which aims to optimise planning, visibility and asset utilisation

Navis has launched Navis Smart, a new technology that will enable and connect Navis solutions, applications and data from ocean carrier and terminal side of the portfolio with the aim to optimise planning, visibility and asset utilisation.

Through capturing and standardising data for its customers, Navis Smart will provide a foundation to apply machine learning to Navis applications with the aim to make the software smarter over time.

For many years, the company’s portfolio of terminal and carrier software solutions has collected and grouped large amounts of key ecosystem data that its customers have had a “mounting desire” to access to unlock additional value within their operations.

Younus Aftab, chief product officer at Navis, said: “The industry has had many waves of innovation driven by the standardisation of the container up to the most recent automation and electrification of container handling machinery.

“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.”

The Navis Smart solution enables applications to be developed and deployed without the need for upgrades so operational teams can get the benefits of new functionality faster.

These benefits include greater real time visibility from various segments of the operation and faster deployment of applications to multiple sites.

The company presented two of the first applications built with Navis Smart technology, one of which is its Compass visual workflow management application.

This application digitalises the workflow and standardises the way terminals work with a goal to improve the quality of the planning process’ overall output and the terminal’s efficiency.

All users can see the upcoming vessel visits, comments and important vessel information to know exactly what tasks need to be done and who is working on them due to the application’s end-to-end visual workflow management capabilities.

The application spans the terminal, starting when the vessels call the terminal and includes activities that take place before, during and after the vessel visit.

This includes berth and vessel planning, execution, continuous improvement, claims management and commercial discussions.

Aftab explained: “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.

“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.”

The application benefits every member of the team involved with managing vessel visits to the terminal including vessel planners and EDI clerks, planning and operations managers and – if there are disputes – the claims and commercial managers.

Andy Barrons, chief strategy officer at Navis, said: “All users will now be on the same page and have access to the same information, leading to fewer instances of miscommunication.

“The real-time visibility alerts terminals to potential issues early on and allows them more time to take corrective action while a complete and visible list of planning tasks ensures that everyone’s priorities are aligned and leads to less idle time and rework.”