Online maritime training provider Videotel, a company of KVH Industries, has released an application that allows for the exchange of data between Videotel and any of its clients’ crew management software systems. The application, named Videotel Partner Application Programming Interface (API), has been developed alongside Netvision, producer of the Compas crew management system.
The Videotel API has been designed to work with shore-based crew management systems (not on-board management systems) and automatically share training information from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)-approved training provider, including training history, computer-based training scores and yacht assignments for individual crewmembers, and as such avoid any dual record keeping and manual inputting.
This announcement comes at a time where crewmembers’ interest in online training is growing. In a recent survey undertaken by The Crew Report of more than 1,000 crewmembers, 72 per cent said e-learning was of interest for their future training plans.
“This initiative means individual yachts in a fleet can access crew login information automatically via our Videotel On Demand unit,” explains Nigel Cleave, Videotel CEO. “The API will collate all crew computer-based test result from the Vieotel On Demand and share it with our clients’ crew management systems, so all their data will be stored, managed and updated in one central location.”
“Being able to track crewmembers’ ship assignments and their training history from one central database will save valuable time and resources,” adds Cornel Ciocan, Netvision’s general manager and chief software architect.
To allow for integration, Videotel clients will need to request information from Videotel that will in turn allow the software to share select data with the existing yacht management software.