GNS and SEALL announce strategic partnership for next generation ECDIS and navigation software
Navigation specialists will collaborate to deliver an improved user experience on board using advanced touch screen technology
LONDON and ABERDEEN, April 18, 2017 — GNS, one of the leading providers of maritime navigation solutions, and SEALL ECDIS Limited, the maritime software and ECDIS company, have announced a strategic partnership. Combining GNS’s expertise in back of bridge navigation software and navigational data with SEALL’s ECDIS and software development capability, the agreement will deliver more user-friendly solutions for today’s increasingly digital bridge environment.
The initial area of focus for the new partnership is the launch of the touch technology SEALL ECDIS which introduces an entirely new user interface, using multi-touch technology display and pioneering software.
The SEALL operating system enables faster and easier access to critical navigation information and simplified front of bridge operations. The SEALL ECDIS introduces a unique combination of software power and simplicity never before seen in an ECDIS, making safety critical navigation tasks easier to complete.
“We are very pleased to announce this strategic partnership with SEALL which enables us to combine GNS’s expertise in maritime solutions with SEALL’s vision for next-generation ECDIS. Together, we believe we can achieve exciting new digitally-led efficiencies and safety improvements on board.” said Paul Stanley, Chief Executive of the GNS Group. “Navigators face multiple challenges around the user experience with ECDIS and back of bridge integration. By working to innovate around interface design GNS and SEALL can help shipping companies achieve the efficiencies and improvements promised by digital navigation.”
“We are now in a new era of navigation. Companies must innovate to solve user experience challenges for their customers,” said Des Neill, CEO, SEALL ECDIS Ltd. “Our work with GNS reflects our belief that the future of navigation requires new ideas that can deliver safe navigation with increased data volumes and real-time intelligent-response.”
The SEALL ECDIS and GNS’s Voyager back of bridge data management and route planning software share the same underlying technology for handling digital chart data, enabling seamless flow of data, reducing duplication and rekeying and improving voyage planning and execution.
The SEALL ECDIS features a 24-inch full colour display, a full QWERTY soft keyboard and a simple and modern tablet style menu. Its Intel® Core™ i7 Processor delivers powerful processing and its caching system enables ENCs to be loaded and displayed faster. Type Approved by DNV GL, the SEALL ECDIS is compatible with all commercial ENC services including AVCS and Primar products and is priced to make it affordable to shipping companies, including those wanting to retrofit a highly efficient and fully compliant solution.