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GNS launches VOYAGER Hub for maritime applications

GNS has launched its new VOYAGER Hub application platform, with the aim of supporting implementation of selected software systems on board ship while also providing an additional layer of protection against cyber threats.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}VOYAGER Hub will include applications and content from GNS and selected partners, ranging from navigation and voyage optimisation to weather and non-navigation related services.

Alongside these services GNS says it is also developing cyber-security systems, to protect against the higher level of risk that results from the increased connectivity between vessel and shore in modern shipping.

Among the applications included is GNS’s new V-Drive, used to transfer ENCs, ENC updates, permits and route files from the back of bridge computer to the ECDIS. Users plug the V-Drive into the USB port on the PC to copy the files, and then plug the V-Drive into their ECDIS USB port to upload to the navigation system.

Another Hub application is the Witherby eBook Reader, which provides access to 600 nautical publications, from IMO, Intertanko, SIGTTO and others. A search facility is included to find required information or download new editions as required.

The Witherby eReader is provided free of charge as part of VOYAGER Hub, and users can opt for a GNS fixed price technical publications bundle specific to each vessel type and Flag, or can self-select titles to fit their company requirements.

Other Hub services include the Admiralty eBook reader, which provides access to the UKHO’s eNP library; a choice of weather routing solutions from companies such as Meteo Group; a tool to manage technical library compliance; and an application that generates a passage plan for routes created using GNS’s VOYAGER Planning Station.

The Hub also provides the ability to monitor usage of ENCs purchased via GNS’s Voyager Open Permit ‘pay as you sail’ and fixed price bundle services, as well as offering a tool that checks the ‘cyber health’ of the back of bridge PC on which the Hub sits.

Further Hub services are scheduled for launch later in 2017 and early 2018, GNS says.

“Shipping companies are generating more data and operating in an ever more complex business and regulatory environment, but many are still learning what the potential of all of the available data might be,” said Paul Stanley, GNS CEO.

“The VOYAGER Hub ecosystem is harnessing Big Data and delivering exciting new digitally-led efficiencies and safety improvements to a wide range of stakeholders both ashore and on board.”

“The maritime industry is making a transition from running on paper to using digital systems, and at the moment crews may still spend upwards of 30 per cent of their time on administration and other low value activity. GNS employs more than 50 qualified mariners and uses that experience to design software with real mariner workflows in mind, so that tools can streamline navigation and other operational activities and allow shipping companies to focus on maximising the value of their most valuable assets – their people and their ships.”{/mprestriction}

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