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Chart data management system launched by MarineMTS

Scottish maritime technology provider MarineMTS has launched a new hardware system called Silverbox, used to manage electronic chart and navigational data updates on board ship.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system, sold as a single ‘plug and play’ unit, can work with any brand of ECDIS to automatically manage delivery of updates to navigational charts. Anti-virus defences are built into the unit, and all data is compressed and encrypted for transmission to the ship.

“The launch of Silverbox means that ship owners and operators will, for the first time, be able to unlock the full potential of their navigational systems through our innovative bolt-on technology,” explained Wynne Edwards, founder and managing director of MarineMTS.

“The current ECDIS is akin to the first generation of satnav for vehicles, which didn’t automatically sync with the latest data and therefore were rarely up-to-date. What we have developed is a plug-in that allows real-time maritime charting to be easily accessed.”

Silverbox has been developed over a five year period, and will be the first in a new line of products from MarineMTS, the company says.

“From super tankers to leisure craft, the shipping industry has traditionally been behind the curve in terms of adopting digital technology and Big Data.  All ship operators are now upgrading to electronic data, and we are providing the ability to jump straight to secure real-time data and future-proof their operations,” Mr Edwards added.

“We estimate the global market for this type of technology to be around a billion US dollars. As first to market, and with a global network of contacts garnered from the customer base for our current products, we are well positioned to bring a healthy slice of that to Scotland.”{/mprestriction}

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