Zodiac recently embarked on a review of its IT systems and operations with the aim of improving the way critical information was distributed.
Previously, Safety Management System (SMS) updates were delivered on a CD to vessels, a process that was judged to be unreliable and time consuming. Zodiac wanted to start distributing this information across the network in a faster and more efficient manner.
To do this, the company selected iOra's data replication solution to deliver documents to its ships, and has now purchased 150 licences to replicate critical files, including SMS updates, to improve and streamline its information distribution process.
“We selected iOra because it was the best performing technology in its class to address the challenge of updating safety management manuals to the vessels. Using a CD to do this was very resource and time consuming,” said Ilan Shechter, IT manager, Zodiac.
“The introduction of the technology has enabled us to significantly improve efficiency and has now been deployed across the fleet, transforming the way we operate. We are now looking at using this technology in other areas of the Zodiac business.”
The iOra replication system works in environments where available network bandwidth is as low as 2kbps. It offers server to server, server to virtual server and server to laptop solutions.
“This is an exciting relationship for iOra and Zodiac, highlighting how iOra is recognised as a leader in data replication for the maritime market,” said Mark Thompson, CEO, iOra.
“Our patented technology has provided Zodiac with a resource-free solution to the problems faced when delivering critical documents quickly and safely to ships across the world.”