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Stakeholders can know where it is and what it’s doing at all times
Our Merchant Shipping clients currently enjoy the benefits of our fleet management products, including tracking of both location and behavior, lending knowledge of not only where a vessel or shipment is, but also what it’s doing, and what the conditions are in its current location. The applications of tracking technology within the merchant shipping sector are manifold, as the limits are restricted only to the gatherable data points. Because so many different devices and services are available, a company like GSE provides a tremendous value with its ability to integrate with almost any existing hardware and support nearly any service provider.
Specifically within cargo transport, as clients become more aware of the availability of satellite-based tracking services, the industry will experience a significant growth in demand for better information related to the movement of their products around the globe. Being prepared to accommodate the requests for onboard tracking as well as tracking at port of call and beyond will start as a distinguishing factor and competitive advantage before becoming market standard. Innovative approaches will be essential to providing viable solutions to this impending need, as the stacking and arrangement of containers on the vessels makes transmission difficult, if not impossible. As an engineering firm, GSE offers this level of expertise in conjunction with visionary ideas, allowing us to find a way for every will, even when our competitors say something is unfeasible.
Vessel-related solutions are far less complex, but are also of equal importance. Having the peace of mind that comes from automated tracking and reporting of the location, behavior, and environmental status of each and every vessel in a fleet is not only a means of mitigating risk, but also a way to reduce erroneous or manipulated reporting or data gathering. GSE has been offering these solutions through a mix of both hardware and software components for over a decade, and we have developed a reputation of reliability, quality, and ingenuity.
Satellite technology presents an incredibly irregular set of circumstances for companies in that the costs of maintaining cutting edge equipment and technologies is typically a budget breaker for all non-competitive departments. In many ways, reinvesting in technology is rarely a defensible proposal for most business divisions, who are constantly forced to manage with outdated equipment and inefficient systems. Satellite technology, however, is among the few equipment and facilities categories that gets constant attention, and the reasons for that are manifold.
First, it is quite normal for satellite technologies to have strong ROI, often because they can automate systems and processes that otherwise require extensive man hours and maintenance of existing equipment currently employed to perform the task. These cost savings add up quickly, and can easily justify the budget approval in a matter of a few short years.
Internet Of Things Creates Actionable Data
Additionally, satellite technologies have seen an explosion of growth in the past few decades, and the rate of technological enhancement is accelerating with the commercial sector’s obsession with Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies. The current race to market in almost every commercial sector is the application of satellite-enabled smart devices to business processes in the pursuit of more actionable data, better asset management capabilities, and automation of costly and time-consuming processes. This has created a wealth of opportunity in the public sector to apply some of these technologies to operations that could be more efficient.
Expanded Infrastructure Beyond Traditional Networks
Further expanding the interest in satellite technology is the ability to enable remote operations that were otherwise too costly, too dangerous, or too resource-intensive. Many government agencies are responsible for vast swaths of undeveloped territory where traditional communications infrastructure fails or hasn’t yet been introduced. Satellite’s global presence offers these organizations the ability to perform their operations without their current dependence on terrestrial networks, again making it easier for decision makers to justify budget allocation to technological improvement.
Making smart decisions about which of these technologies is best for your organization can be extraordinarily difficult, especially because of the influx of availability, and the pressure to make allotments only for those enhancements that will have strong ROI. As a technology partner, GSE will work directly with you to outline the opportunities available to achieve your goals, and we always emphasize the use of existing equipment wherever possible, as the majority of our solutions integrate with technology that has been on the market for quite some time.