NAPA signs as first application provider for Inmarsat IoT service

Inmarsat and NAPA have signed an agreement to have a dedicated NAPA application hosted on Inmarsat’s new Fleet Data IoT service, to allow vessel operators to more easily access and analyse real-time onboard data generated during ship operations.

Developed by Inmarsat and Danelec Marine, and made commercially available earlier this year, Fleet Data collects data from onboard sensors, pre-processes that data, and uploads it to a central Cloud-based database equipped with a dashboard and an Application Process Interface (API).

NAPA will use this data to power its own services for vessel performance monitoring, analytics and optimisation, with the application integrated with Fleet Data to remove any difficulties in extracting data from various systems to be used within the software.

“We are delighted that NAPA will be our first certified application provider for Fleet Data,” said Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime.

“This partnership and the NAPA application will help overcome key difficulties faced by those frustrated with the challenge of aggregating vessel data on-board and getting it efficiently onshore to improve fuel optimisation.”

“It will allow ship operators and managers to access, control and analyse their own data, through the NAPA application on Fleet Data and via a secure platform that is fully scalable, fleet-wide and now commercially available on both Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband.”

NAPA says that, while its Fleet Intelligence platform is built to utilise ship performance data from various data sources, such as noon reports or AIS, more accurate performance evaluations and predictions can be achieved through the use of better quality and higher frequency data, which it expects the Inmarsat service to be able to provide.

“For us, the key is to provide value from the data collected, based on expertise in hydrodynamics, optimisation and analytics. This scalable way of obtaining data opens new possibilities to enhance the benefits of this value added service for the whole shipping industry,” said Pekka Pakkanen, Director, Development, NAPA Shipping Solutions.

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