Ports & Terminals

Navis Smart launch at Navis 2019 in San Francisco

Navis, the Oakland, CA-based terminal operations software provider, announced a new product, ‘Navis Smart,’ at the Navis 2019 conference taking place in San Francisco this week.

In a press release the company said: “The introduction of Navis Smart provides the shipping industry with the step change necessary to unleash the next wave of application intelligence – enabling insights from connected solutions and leveraging learning or cognitive computing, while simultaneously bringing down the total cost of ownership of assets.”
“The industry has had many waves of innovation driven by standardization of the container up to the most recent automation and electrification of container handling machinery,” said Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer at Navis. “In today’s digital economy, where data is more valuable than ever, we see smart applications leveraging data across multiple existing systems. The emergence of these smart applications will revolutionize the way terminals and carriers manage their operations. Smart applications that utilize this untapped data will drive the next wave of innovation and new opportunities for progressive improvements in asset utilization and operational performance. We’re excited to bring Navis Smart to market as we continue to provide our clients with solutions that continuously learn and improve to meet their daily needs.”

Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer at Navis
Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer at Navis

The release went on to say: “Navis Smart solution enables applications to be developed and deployed without the need for upgrades so operational teams can get the benefits of new functionality faster. These benefits include faster and more nimble deployment of applications to multiple sites, greater real time visibility from various segments of the operation and an opportunity to lay the foundation for the next wave of machine learning innovation in the ocean supply chain.”
Navis is presenting the first applications built with Navis Smart technology:
• Compass – the first step to consolidate many different planning phases into a more concise and intelligent planning process. “Compass provides an end-to-end view of the vessel planning process, standardizing the execution for vessel visits and matching performance against KPIs,” said Patrick Brehmer, senior product manager, NavisLabs. “It will help terminal teams, EDI clerks, vessel planners, planning managers and operations managers be on the same page and avoid costly errors.” Compass is one of the first in a series of applications deployable on premise or in the cloud and represents one of the first Navis Smart services bringing improved visibility and workflow to a traditionally siloed set of processes.
• N4 Ops Monitoring - provides real-time business intelligence for operations monitoring. “To make critical decisions in real-time, operations managers need visibility into operational events as they happen to make decisions and take action on the spot, to handle exceptions and to improve productivity while saving time and cost,” said Manoj Bhardwaj, Director of BI Solutions, Navis.
In other Navis conference news, JLT Mobile Computers, a Swedish PC maker, announced that it is the first hardware provider to be validated for use with major upcoming Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) releases for the next five years:” A rapidly growing number of customers within the port segment are using our rugged computers,” said Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers. “We have been collaborating with Navis since 2015. By renewing our Navis Ready Partner agreement to a full five years, we provide customer value by guaranteeing that our products will work with upcoming Navis N4 TOS releases for years to come.”

Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer, Navis told Ajot: “The new Navis Smart system that uses the new Compass application will be able to process large amounts of data that can help terminal operators pinpoint best practices and not so best practices. The result is to improve efficiencies by having access to better feedback analysis from terminal operations.

Customers will have to upgrade to the latest Navis 4 terminal operating system but once they do future upgrades will occur automatically and the customer will

gain the benefit of the Navis Smart applications such as Compass. This will eliminate cost and time from more cumbersome upgrades that had been made in the past.

Less automated terminals will also a benefit because they will see the operations that they do have running on Navis will improve.”

Aftab, who is also a pilot, sees a similarity in upgrading port terminal operations and the system integration requirements between airline operations and airports.

Stas Margaronis
Stas Margaronis


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