2019 April 8 16:34
Set against the background of increasing cyber threats to the maritime industry, e-Navigation specialist NAVTOR has moved to demonstrate the integrity of its innovative NavBox solution with ‘cyber secure’ certification (IEC 61162-460 Gateway) from DNV GL, the company said in its release. NavBox, which automates the distribution and updates of digital charts, publications and other navigational data, now guarantees both complete regulatory compliance and security for an increasingly digitized generation of shipowners and operators.
NAVTOR’s announcement comes the day before the Norwegian Shipowners Association Annual Conference in Oslo, where it will reveal, as part of its Outlook Report 2019, that cyber crime is its members’ number one security concern.
NavBox offers a range of security features including an encrypted connection – transferring data in a format only recognised by NAVTOR software – CRC checks, the non-transferral of executable files (a key source of malware) and communication through secure servers. The unit also operates as a ‘blackbox’, with no screen, keyboard or mouse, diminishing risk from human interaction.
NAVTOR designed NavBox to slash administration duties for navigators, allowing for greater efficiency and resource use, while ensuring that the very latest charts and publications are always available on-board, leading to total regulatory compliance. In addition to the vessel-based benefits, NavBox also provides shore-based teams with a full insight into chart usage, equating to more effective cost control and fleet management. The solution is available as PC software or as a separate hardware box that connects to a vessel ECDIS.
NAVTOR has established itself is a world leader in e-Navigation since launching in 2011.
In 2012 the firm released the first type approved Pay As You Sail ENC service, following in 2014 with the launch of NavStation, the world’s first digital chart table. The company has since built a worldwide customer base and network of offices, spanning Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the US, and the UK.
NAVTOR is a leading force in the provision of innovative e-Navigation solutions, and a total supplier of navigational products and services for the maritime sector. Established in 2011, the firm has grown quickly and established a network of subsidiaries and distributors worldwide. The headquarter of NAVTOR is in Egersund, Norway, and the subsidiaries are located in Singapore (NAVTOR Singapore Ltd. Ptd.), Japan (NAVTOR Japan K.K.) Sweden (NAVTOR NAUTIC AB) The United Kingdom (NAVTOR UK Ltd.), The United States of America (NAVTOR USA Inc.) and Russia (NAVTOR Russia LLC).