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Korean Register patents world’s first ‘Smart Fleet’ app

The Korean Register has obtained a patent on its ‘Smart Fleet’ app which was launched earlier this year.

The classification society says that the application delivers up-to-the-minute information on vessels, fleets, surveys, audits and port state control to a smartphone or tablet. Surveyors and others working in the field can access survey and technical information using the app on Android and iOS platforms.

‘Smart Fleet’ app provides a complete vessel register, information on PSC detentions, classification rules, fleet lists, survey status, reports and schedules, among others.

Two levels of information are available. The ordinary user can view basic information while owners of KR classed ships are given visibility over the full range of data.

‘Smart Fleet’ also includes functions such as a push notification system to receive urgent messages concerning PSC and technical updates, as well as a surveyor locator which identifies the KR survey office nearest to the phone user.

Jung Dong-Jae, general manager of KR’s information technology team and in charge of developing the application, said: “The Smart Fleet app is a great tool that is already making efficiency improvements to shipping companies. Today, busy people expect instant access to quality, reliable and bang up-to-date information and that is exactly what Smart Fleet delivers.”

“We have already seen a rapid take-up of this app and we expect many more users to come online soon. Obtaining the patent demonstrates that we have developed another piece of unique technology for our global customer base.”

KR chairman and CEO Chon Young-Kee commented: “The award of a patent proves KR’s exceptional IT technology skills and I firmly believe we lead the way in software development for ship classification.”

“We will continue to research, innovate and launch more software products to improve the service and satisfaction we deliver to shipping companies across the world.”

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