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well as a place to store and query your data.
These are programs with names like Hadoop,
Cloudera, MongoDB, Talend and Quantum.
They are either free (open source) or free to
try a limited version with pricing for full a system. Likewise, there are software families
dealing with data mining, analysis and visualization, etc. (see sidebar page 36).
Creating big changes
The objective of all this is that we are now
able to query the database. This is called data
mining and consists of asking questions and
gaining insights into conditions, situations
and trends hidden in the data. The final step
in the process is called data visualization,
which enables us to make data-driven decisions. Today’s advances in big data analytics
(BDA) have produced benefits for any number and type of organizations. The results that
companies most often cite are increased sales
and operational efficiencies in manufacturing,
product development and customer service.
According to one survey, some 62% of
respondents said they use BDA to improve
speed and complexity of operation.
It’s not only business enterprises that
employ BDA. Internet applications are a natural. Amazon is a leader in collecting, storing, processing and analyzing personal information from everyone that visits their site.
They do this as a means of determining how
we spend our money. They use predictive
analytics, which, along with machine learning and artificial intelligence, are a few of the
really powerful BDA tools for targeted data
One such service is Amazon Web Services
(AWS). Using AWS, other companies can create big data applications including data warehousing, processing and analytics using
cloud-based services. And both Facebook and
Twitter have become two of the world’s largest
repositories of data with an almost unlimited
range of potential uses. Applications in biomedicine have enabled laboratories to decode
human DNA in just minutes where before it
could take weeks. In military applications,
BDA have enabled predictions of just where
terrorists plan to attack. It’s difficult to think
of an industry or sector of the economy where
BDA are not being used.
Impacting the maritime industry
So, what about marine applications of big
data? There is a mind-boggling amount of
data potentially available within the maritime
industry when you consider the number of
which delivers upload and download speeds
faster than other 60 cm systems. In addition,
KVH provides big data applications for oper-
ations, including Vessel Tracking, which
delivers secure, detailed, and current tracking
and position data, and the myKVH portal,
which is critical to data usage monitoring.”
The v240MT can switch between different
satellite frequency bands (C-, Ku-, and Ka-
band), as needed without user intervention.
“These frequency-agnostic and orbit-agnostic
capabilities, enabled by Intellian’s innovative
antennas and Intelligent Mediator Solution,
ensure that the equipment’s capabilities are
future-proof to customers seeking the fastest
and most reliable broadband connectivity,”
according to Intellian.
As Jackson mentioned, one of the most
active areas for this new technology in the
ships carrying vast amounts of goods to and
from worldwide ports. Up to now, only a
small fraction of this data was being used, and
not very effectively.
“Big data for the maritime industry will
revolutionize everything from fuel consump-
tion to ship operations to news and entertain-
ment,” says Elizabeth Jackson, KVH Chief
Marketing Officer and Senior VP Strategy.
“For commercial maritime, that means
improved business profits from real-time
tracking, analyzing, and optimizing perform-
ance. The two biggest changes versus today
will be the increasing speed of connectivity
and the increasing connectedness between
devices and data sets. Real-time data will
enable many decisions regarding vessel oper-
ations, safety, and crew welfare to be made by
fleet managers and other operators on shore.
For leisure marine, big data will also mean
faster connectivity and optimized operations.
Marine electronics dealers will be able to
expand their revenue with charter yachts and
superyachts by offering value-added services,
such as monitoring and setting alerts for
onboard performance and data usage.”
Focusing on delivery systems, Jackson
says: “KVH continues to drive big data with
our new TracPhone V7-HTS Ku-band system,
Currently, the vast amount of data associated with ships—cargo, operational systems, vessel performance and communications of all sorts, to name a few—goes unmined. The advent of faster, more efficient
and effective big data delivery and management systems will change that.