Within the Pacific Region, there are many organisations and businesses that in some way rely on naval transport, operations or resources.
From fishermen to container shipping, the surrounding seas are full of diverse businesses. Whilst the vast majority of people are operating in line with industry regulations such as ISO 21984:2018, incidents and mistakes can still slip through safety procedures. Firms are increasingly having to wait for ships or equipment to return from mainland maintenance, only because of small issues going unchecked until its too late to prevent. Some organisations are however choosing to integrate naval digital inspection solutions within their processes, revolutionising their productivity and operational efficiency.
There are numerous firms across several industries that have already seen the results of the digital and mobile transformation and migration to paperless processes. The synergy between mobile devices and inspection applications provides a powerful tool for all those involved and affected. Employees in the form of inspection officials, field service personnel, maintenance and repair crews and 3rd party industry representatives can take advantage first hand of the benefits of going mobile and digital. Such users can take regular mobile devices; smartphones or tablets, and use them just like outside the workplace. The inspection application successfully integrates different features of the mobile device such as the camera, microphone, touchscreen or built-in GPS. In making use of these means that the mobile device user can do things like take and annotate images of any location or asset, highlighting specific deficiencies or changes between inspections. These images can then be retrospectively automatically added to future inspection lists and reports, showing for example the history of the wear and scuffing around a ship’s hull plating. Other advantages using the camera include scanning barcode and RFID of containers or other equipment, another way to capture information rapidly.
The inspector can likewise use the touchscreen for recording information quickly in the form of drop-down box checklists, voice to text, diagram drawing and simple text typing. No more deciphering of at times hieroglyphical handwriting and notes, simple concise text; giving exactly all the necessary detail. Officials can also receive automatic corrective actions when something has been recorded, and triggers with necessary inputs to remind them of mandatory inspection steps. Inspection officials working within naval environments can sometimes consider mobile devices and electronic tech a liability, but modern inspection solutions effectively counter these problems. Most mobile devices now have a ‘splash proof’ build at the very least, with many boasting Ingress Protection (IP) certification on top of this. There are also a range of highly waterproof and shockproof cases for mobile devices, as well as some devices built as ‘rugged’ models and intrinsically safe themselves, ensuring there is no way they can fail when needed. Another important thing is internet connectivity which at sea, can obviously be difficult. Premium naval digital inspection solutions offer offline recording on their inspection applications, with the upload of content to online servers the only necessary element of connection. This ensures inspection officials are truly limitless in where they can go.
Managers and leaderships teams can access via simple-login the system 24/7, 365 days a year. Features to managers and other stakeholders include things like asset life cycle deficiency tracking, automatic email notifications on prescribed assets and equipment as well as simple audit tracking. This promotes easier categorisation and efficiency across all processes, as its easier for managers to see what is working and what isn’t. Another reason as to why it is more accessible and simpler to categorise is the ability to run it via in-house servers or cloud-based systems (SaaS). Premium inspection solutions likewise allow firms to integrate their naval digital inspection solution with existing business intelligence or ERP systems, meaning that data can be analysed both in the inspection solution and other intelligence systems. With more accessible data, firms can truly understand how they are operating around or at sea.