Family-owned shipping and offshore enterprise, Ugland Marine Services AS, has been operating for decades in Norway. The company has recently confirmed a fleetwide order of Spectrum after a 3-month trial.
Spectrum is a service offering a centralized platform for remote monitoring, maintenance and management of the entire IT and connectivity infrastructure onboard as well as various options to comply with the cyber-risk management regulations.
As the maritime sector continues its path towards digitization, there is an increased need from technical and operational departments to have a real time, centralized, detailed listing of their vessels’ IT and OT infrastructure & equipment, and be able to monitor its health status. In response to this need, Navarino has introduced Spectrum, a toolkit comprising a suite of software designed to serve this scope and aimed at IT departments.
Mr. Marius Kjølleberg, Senior ICT Security Consultant at Ugland, spoke with the Navarino team about the service potential and the many functionalities that Spectrum offers. “Our primary reasons for choosing Spectrum were the Windows Update functionalities and the asset management tools. When we have, let’s say, 10 client computer systems onboard, it is a much faster process to download Windows Updates through Spectrum than to individually download them on each piece of IT infrastructure, which will ultimately make our lives quite a bit easier. Not only this, but this minimizes data consumption, supporting the financial goals of the company.
The second reason pertains to Spectrum’s asset management capabilities – the asset overview function helps to be compliant with the new IMO regulations.” The Asset Management component will be able to support any asset category with an emphasis on those categories that are specific to the maritime sector. Ugland will be able to benefit from a range of functionalities, such as defining custom asset categories, providing a flexible and complete solution. The asset categories include both equipment that is connected to the vessel’s IT network as well as to OT assets. With Spectrum, network-enabled equipment is being populated automatically, providing a complete picture of equipment, software catalog and network topology. This information is available in printable reports from both the vessel’s dashboard and the centralized fleet-wide dashboard.
Moreover, Mr. Kjølleberg also speaks about his excellent working relationship with Navarino and how this has helped the project move forward. “We have a good open relationship with Navarino. If I need something tweaked, I can speak with the team and get the service adapted. Navarino also provides a very dynamic range of services which we definitely benefit from. For example, all of our vessels use Navarino’s most advanced Infinity solution, Infinity Cube. This also makes Spectrum so easy to install as the service can be easily deployed using Infinity, whereby no extra hardware is required.”
“Overall, we look forward to seeing what opportunities Spectrum holds. The service has many functionalities that we haven’t yet discovered. Although Ugland already have an extensive IT department, we feel that Spectrum would be particularly beneficial for companies looking for extra support with their IT infrastructure”.