Pole Star Launches Cloud-based Platform

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 3, 2015

Image: Pole Star

Image: Pole Star

Pole Star, a U.K.-headquartered technology company delivering maritime application solutions, has launched its new cloud application platform, designed to facilitate the company’s vision to enable a universal maritime ecosystem. 

According to its developer, the new Pole Star platform is a highly configurable, extensible and easy-to-use cloud application platform, built upon a powerful, robust and open API, and using enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure. With a wide (and expanding) range of services - from vessel tracking and SSAS management to maritime risk intelligence - all available on one platform, Pole Star aims to enable customers to connect with their ships in a new way. 
Pole Star said the platform is designed from the ground up to make its users’ jobs easier, save them time and help them achieve their goals, allowing customers to select and combine services and access them across devices. It features:
  • Modular platform means customers can select and combine services to meet their unique needs 
  • Integrates trusted data sources including: Jeppesen, Tidetech, IHS, Inmarsat, Airbus, Risk Intelligence and Orbcomm 
  • New intuitive, modern and responsive user interface 
  • Accessible on any computer with a compatible browser, no software to download or install 
  • Accredited, scalable, redundant and secure cloud-based architecture 
  • Reliable tracking services and powerful reporting engine 
  • One convenient platform to manage all of your Pole Star services 
Peter Davies, Chief Technology & Marketing Officer at Pole Star, said the company is launching the platform with three brand new services: tracking, SSAS management and risk insight (a brand new service, incorporating maritime risk intelligence from MaRisk by Risk Intelligence).
“Customers on our new platform can also benefit from programmatic access via our RESTful API,” Davies said. “Essentially, the Pole Star API gives our customers the freedom to extract, analyze and integrate all of the data that is available to them within Pole Star’s services, allowing them to connect their Pole Star account with their ERP or existing IT systems.” 
The launch is the primary phase of a multiphase migration strategy that will see all Pole Star’s services combined on one platform. Julian Longson, Managing Director at Pole Star, said, “Underpinning everything we’ve developed is our brand new, open API. All of our new services, as well as future applications created by us and our trusted partners, will be developed on this common API. All of these applications leverage one user interface, one code base and one data model to create a single platform for connecting the maritime ecosystem. This is the vision that drives our innovation. To become the 'open platform' for connecting the Internet of Things at sea."
“The Pole Star platform blends the technologies that have enabled Pole Star to become a leader in both the vessel tracking, maritime regulatory compliance and risk management markets,” Longson said. “The new capabilities we’ve developed are designed to ensure that our customers can turn their data into the actionable intelligence they need to increase operational efficiency, enable decision making and support compliance.
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