File and folder replication for the maritime industry
The unique templating setup in Dualog® Drive ensures that frequently used sync or move tasks can be created with minimal effort. It is easy to include or remove ships from an already configured task. Easily synchronise from local paths or network paths. Use the Smart Folder™ feature to automate folder creation on either source or destination based on templates and consistent rule-sets like for instance IMO number, custom ship codes or ship name.
Made for maritime operations
One typical challenge for vessel personnel is when they try to send large files through email-based solutions due to restrictions on file size. This often results in delays in big file retrieval from vessel to shore personnel.
Email-based solutions also struggle to distribute large data volumes or complex folder structures to the vessels, and it often requires intricate manual operations. Using cloud-based synchronisation solutions often result in high bandwidth consumption, and it is often a challenge to verify the status of files across a fleet of ships.
FTP-based solutions are not a good option due to the inherent security risk when transferring large files. Many cloud-based solutions also have complicated privacy rules resulting in unclear data ownership. Many standalone data transfer software solutions are cumbersome to keep up-to-date on vessel side, resulting in vulnerabilities which pose a security risk if not managed properly.
Often, solutions that are not purpose-built for shipping lack the ability to monitor ongoing and completed file transfers per ship or ship group. This can result in interruptions in ship operations due to erroneous or even unpredictable data delivery. Interrupted data transfers and retransmits from zero means additional clogging of bandwidth capacity, and might also contribute unnecessary costs.
Addressing both operational pains, security pains and business pains, the feature-set of Dualog® Drive
is designed to take the pain out of replicating files between ship and shore.
Dualog® Drive features
Optimised for demanding remote operations
Easy to set up - easy to use
Dualog® Drive is a breeze to install. The fleet-wide configuration makes it easy to set up and distribute often used tasks. Adding new move or sync tasks are easy, fast and straightforward, and the intuitive user interface helps even inexperienced users through the process of setting up data exchange tasks. Administrators can use the live monitoring feature to have an instant overview of data transfers. Reporting tools make it easy to gather insights on the total impact of data exchange between ship and shore, or spot abnormalities and other issues that require attention. You can easily enable or disable tasks to stop all activities on a task temporarily or to delay startup until the installation on all your clients is complete.
A system you can rely on
Send large or small files
The problem with email-based solutions is that most have a limitation on size, and waiting for the ship to be in port and collect files on a USB stick is not a viable option in today's fast-paced world. Dualog® Drive can handle files up to several gigabytes or manage large volume transfers, including thousands of files in multiple folders. Large data tasks can be resumed should you experience satellite interruption or other connection failures during a transfer.
Over-the-air (OTA) updates offer many benefits for shipping companies. They enable remote patching of bugs or security flaws, rather than having expensive service technicians or inexperienced users perform the updates in-person. Up-to-date software is essential to ensure your systems are cyber secure. Also, new functionality can deploy quickly across an entire fleet for stable data transfer operations.
Keep local backup
here is the option of automatically copying files from the sender source folder to a local backup folder. This can be a useful feature in case a transmission fails, or if you want to have a rollback option available.