Imagine you’re a Vessel Inspector for a government coastal agency on a sunny Californian beach – the water is warm, there’s not a cloud in the sky – but you have a long list of vessels on your manifest, and the responsibility of identifying which one is the highest priority for inspection rests on your shoulders. So, how would you decide?
Promoting a culture of data and advanced analytics to improve safety, security and environment stewardship is how these coastal agencies can prioritize vessel inspection. The good news is that technological advancements have shifted the power to the mission user by giving the inspectors direct access to the analytics they need to make these tough calls.
The challenge, however, is that there is no one-size-fits all approach that is scalable, as fleet sizes continue to grow, but the following three solutions can help these agencies enable agile data-driven decision-making out in the field where it’s needed most:
Make agency data and analytics available in the field.
Key data sets should be presented in a highly visual data library so that mission users in the field can easily upload, search and share key data sets, whether those sets are news articles or complex analytics. The key to achieving this is through the use of a single, common agency data marketplace. Minimizing the time and effort it takes for a mission user in the field, particularly when a Vessel Inspector is facing a full fleet of ships to inspect, to access this information is critical to minimize risk and make the process more efficient for both the inspector and the incoming fleet.
Make data and analytics more search-friendly.
Data sets found in a single exchange system, like the one mentioned above, should use simple English-language queries over complex coding. Even a drag-and-drop system is preferred as a more user-friendly option, allowing people in the field – even those without any technical background – to find the most relevant information like seasoned data scientists and make decisions with confidence.
Make data and analytics more customizable.
By enabling the mission user to access, use and customize data science models, the coastal agency’s vision of improved decision-making can become reality. Customizing a common agency data marketplace that can be navigated in a few clicks based on an organizational system that makes the most sense for each agency’s unique needs will ensure that mission users have access to the data they need the most, when they need it. This includes communications systems with that data – thanks to recent digital advancements a Vessel Inspector could receive a notification on their waterproof tablet when a vessel comes into port, including the data they need on that vessel’s history of citations.
Reimagine Maritime Safety By Empowering Decision Makers With the Right Tools
By making use of technology that encompasses the solutions above, the Vessel Inspector’s day can be reimagined in a more efficient light: Before he or she peruses the vessel manifest, they have already received an instant-notification to their tablet that a vessel is scheduled to come into port that day, complete with a time of arrival and that vessel’s history. The notification system, customized by the agency, automatically prioritizes ships by specific characteristics that elevate its potential threat level. The data is then at the inspector’s fingertips before, during and after they complete inspection.
The result of this new technology of using predictive analytics more efficiently by putting it in the hands of the mission user has the potential to reduce the number of unsafe ships that slip through the cracks, and can ultimately improve marine safety nationwide.
These solutions are possible today – all of the features mentioned above are included under one roof with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Sailfish solution.