The award was jointly won by the three companies SevenCs, VoyageBank and Australian Reef Pilots. The cooperation has resulted in a technology platform that combines portable pilot units (PPU), a cloud-based PPU server and the Australian Reef Pilots Safety Management System (SMS). This unique approach connects the pilots to shore-based pilotage planning, monitoring and management systems in real time via the SevenCs touchscreen PPU. Major advantage is the use of the PPU as central device for pilotage safety management, including access to procedural and operational information outside onboard navigation. Another outstanding attribute is the connection of the PPU with a centralised server in the cloud via mobile Internet.
“We know from experience that system integration of high-level touchscreen PPU technology with cloud-based operational information via a mobile Internet connection is a major contribution to pilotage safety management and the integral requirement of future PPU technology!” said Bjoern Roehlich, SevenCs sales director. “It makes us proud to be partner with the Reef Pilots and VoyageBank from Australia, and to be the first to combine leading technology with PPU systems. Having been nominated and winning the award in the system category will help us to make our innovations widely recognized and supports our inventive spirit. The project is a tremendous step forward to more safety at sea.”
Working with the Australian Reef Pilots is already the second integration project for SevenCs. A comparable touchscreen PPU integration venture is in progress with German pilots.
The IHS Safety at Sea Awards 2013 this year are in their seventh edition and was held on board the HMS Belfast in London, Thursday 13 June 2013.
SevenCs GmbH produces software components for the Maritime Industry. Core product is the EC2007 ECDIS Kernel, used by OEMs worldwide to display digital charts and to provide navigational functions. Furthermore, the company offers software tools for the production of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). Users are Hydrographic Organizations, Waterway Authorities, international Ports and other producers of digital charts for navigation.