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Pole Star enters the Cloud

UK-headquartered Pole Star has launched a new cloud application platform, with the long term aim of facilitating the creation of “a universal maritime ecosystem.”

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The cloud application platform is built upon an API using enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure, and will look to incorporate a range of services within a single infrastructure – from vessel tracking and SSAS management to maritime risk intelligence.

Use of a modular platform means customers can select and combine services to meet their needs, leaning on data sources including Jeppesen, Tidetech, IHS, Inmarsat, Airbus, Risk Intelligence and Orbcomm.

The system is accessible on any computer with a compatible browser, so there is no software to download or install, and runs on a scalable and redundant cloud-based architecture.

“We are immensely proud to unveil the new Pole Star platform,” said Peter Davies, chief technology and marketing officer at Pole Star.

“We’re launching the platform with three brand new services: Tracking; SSAS Management; and Risk Insight, a brand new service incorporating maritime risk intelligence from MaRisk by Risk Intelligence.”

“Customers on our new platform can also benefit from programmatic access via our RESTful API. Essentially, the Pole Star API gives our customers the freedom to extract, analyse and integrate all of the data that is available to them within Pole Star’s services, allowing them to connect their Pole Star account with their ERP or existing IT systems.”

The company says that the launch is the primary phase of a multi-phase migration strategy that will eventually see all Pole Star’s services combined on one platform.

“Underpinning everything we’ve developed is our brand new, open API. All of our new services, as well as future applications created by us and our trusted partners, will be developed on this common API,” said Julian Longson, managing director at Pole Star.

“All of these applications leverage one user interface, one code base and one data model to create a single platform for connecting the maritime ecosystem. This is the vision that drives our innovation – to become the 'open platform' for connecting the Internet of Things at sea.”

“The Pole Star platform blends the technologies that have enabled Pole Star to become a leader in both the vessel tracking, maritime regulatory compliance and risk management markets. The new capabilities we’ve developed are designed to ensure that our customers can turn their data into the actionable intelligence they need to increase operational efficiency, enable decision making and support compliance.”{/mprestriction}

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