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Marine Software expands product range

The Marine Software Suite or Office Software Suite toolkits provide desktop access to a range of functions The Marine Software Suite or Office Software Suite toolkits provide desktop access to a range of functions

UK-based Marine Software has added a range of new products and services to its portfolio for the maritime market, incorporating new Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud hosting options.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The SaaS model aims to create a lower cost of entry for shipping companies looking to adopt maritime-specific applications, as it requires no capital expenditure. The software can be provided either installed on the company’s own hardware or hosted in the Cloud for access via any internet connected device. For both options customers pay an annual fee.

Marine Software has also added a new Automatic Data Replication (ADR) system for its applications, which will allow upgraded systems to automatically produce and send data from vessel to shore, and vice versa.

This can be done in two different ways. Companies that have existing VPNs between vessels and offices can use a UNC (Universal Naming Convention) path from a shore side server to manage delivery, while those without VPNs can subscribe to Marine Software’s Cloud Transfer Service (CTS) to allow the vessels to exchange data via the Marine Software Cloud server.

The company says that this system is ‘self-healing’ so it can proactively recover any data corrupted or lost during transmission without any user intervention required. The ADR system has now been live for over a year, with 65 vessels using the Cloud Transfer Service over this period, Marine Software notes.

Customers that have subscribed to ADR with CTS can also optionally upgrade to the Cloud Software Update Service, to make sure that the whole fleet of vessel and shore offices are all updated to the same software version when a new version is published.

Finally, supported Marine Software customers will now also have access to the new Marine Software Suite or Office Software Suite toolkits, which provide a single desktop shortcut and desktop toolbar to gain access to the entire range of installed software on the vessel or at the office.

Customers who have upgraded to the 'Dashboard' system now have a single screen from which to view all the dashboards from the different products in one place, while the office suite summarises the entire fleet’s modules within a single display alongside an overall summary.{/mprestriction}

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