Monitoring a vessels performance requires a lot of data to be transferred between the vessel and the shore office. The only way of reducing the involved communication costs is a dramatic reduction of the amount of data to be transferred.[singlepic id=6 w=320 h=240 float=left]The ZeeBORN Replication module brings your vessels online – in nearly real-time – if you want. Based on the usage statistics collected by our clients, the weekly amount of data to be transferred from a vessel to the shore office is below 500 kByte. Sending data updates from the shore office to a vessel takes less than 100 kByte. Let’s assume you will have to pay to your provider 1 US Dollar per 100 kByte – this would result in 6 US Dollar communication costs a week for having your vessel online – or 24 US Dollar a month. Just check your contract with your current provider and compare these values with your current costs.
But what is included in these transfers?
- General updates to the data in the database (contact details, planned maintenance related data, stock control updates, crewing data, article updates in stock, user management data, exchange rates etc.)
- Purchase Orders
- Delivery states and further tracking information for purchase orders
- Crew details, crew lists, crew documents and certificates
- Maintenance reports (including file attachments like photographs or other documents)
- Machinery alarm log, engine counter values
- Service orders
- Budget values
- Cashbook transactions
- Document updates in the document management module (new or updated document content)
In fact you get a full replication of all changes to the database that will be applied on board. Your database in the shore office is a complete mirror of the vessel’s data.
The values mentioned above already include the transfer of additional files like photographs attached to a maintenance report, copies of crew documents and certificates etc. – a collection of several high efficient compression and transcoding technologies keep the amount of data to be transferred at a minimum size while maintaining an excellent document quality.
Another side effect of the efficient data handling is the availability of the data transfer feature via low bandwidth connections like GSM networks.