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CUSTOMISED DIGITALISATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS - IEC TELECOM

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 

According to Dominique Audion, COO, IEC Telecom Group: “One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to the digitalisation of a ship. Digitalisation can, and should, be customised to meet the needs of individual companies and vessels.”

“Nowadays, a vessel may perform as a remote office,” said Audion. “Each ship has its own requirements for digitalisation that are influenced by its activities, size, type, cargo, fuel, engine, configuration, monitoring, and managing systems. Taking an individual approach is, therefore, the best way to succeed with the digitalisation process.”

In the maritime industry, a substantial percentage of all technology spending goes to digital transformations, which are being driven by operational efficiencies, where connectivity is crucial to operations and remote vessel management. Maritime satellite equipment manufacturers can expect US$42 bn in revenue between 2018 and 2028 as a direct result of satellite communications and connectivity technologies with VSAT-enabled and digitalised vessels growing from 20,000 in 2018 to over 75,000 by 2028. Lloyd’s Register expects 10% of new ship building to be smart ships, and maritime in-service units are expected to double in 15 years.

The shipping industry is still adapting to the digital age and there is a level of trepidation in some sectors. However, as a company’s requirements evolve, remotely accessible digital communication systems are helping to build trust in the process. The OneGate solution by IEC Telecom is an example of such a set up. IEC Telecom’s technology enables operators to manage critical vessel functions and crew communication requirements separately via a remotely accessible dashboard, incorporating cyber security and a robust back-up provision.

Audion said: “Even if there is some natural conservatism on cost, the maritime sector is discovering that embracing digital installation can reap many benefits.  Today it is possible to enable digitalisation within a controlled budget and vessel operators are finding that their digital vessels are more cost-effective due to increased operational efficiency. By investing in digitalisation, ultimately vessel owners save on their future bills.” I

With the French Government and Cisco  jointly instituting programs supported by a $100 million investment to transform France into a digital republic, and the EIB and French Société Générale dedicating €150 million towards the digital conversion and modernisation of existing ships and shipbuilding projects, the country’s GDP is expected to be boosted by one to two per cent overall.

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