STAR is introducing a new generation of software, the STAR Suite, on a new technological platform. The STAR Mobility & Apps Concept enables true mobility on board and simplifies onboard operations wherever the crew member is.
Traditionally, the use of mobile devices has been limited in the maritime industry, where the Internet, 4G, and 5G are either unavailable or with minimal bandwidth. Installation and updating of software on board is usually a tedious operation. One of the challenges is the lack of suitable infrastructure and reasonable solutions for the distribution of applications and new revisions. Another challenge is the need for applications that work just as well offline as online.
Supporting users at their work location is one of the focus areas in STAR Suite; this is why essential work tasks in STAR Suite are made available on mobile devices like smartphones, pads and laptops, and desktops.
In the STAR Mobility & Apps Concept, we distinguish between running the applications on a mobile device and having applications designed for mobility.
The STAR Suite applications are all web-based, scalable for any digital device, and give the users options to work offline. However, some applications are designed for larger monitors, while others will scale and present the content properly on any screen size.
The STAR Suite applications are designed to operate in locations with no Wi-Fi or Internet connection available and handshakes with the central system once a connection is established.
Online and Offline
While online, the users have access to the entire STAR Suite, even on their mobile devices. The applications made for offline use are designed to support users in their daily operations and not only as an alternative to online reporting.
Users can bring their devices with all required data into enclosed spaces and elsewhere while they continue to work with checklists, drawings, instruction videos, and spare part inventories. The application will reconnect to the server when a connection becomes available and maintain a copy of the user’s actions in case something happens to the device.