Witherbys has introduced new software enabling seafarers to access its content
Witherby Connect assists mariners to access information to improve their knowledge. It will enable access to all major industry publications and guidance through e-reader software.
“We developed Witherby Connect as a browser-based hybrid software, meaning it would run in web browsers yet behaves like desktop software, with absolutely nothing to install,” said Witherbys technical director Johan Machtelinckx.
“Once online, the browser caches all the licensed publications that are selected, meaning the user does not have to be connected to the internet to view their publications, once the information is cached,” he added.
Witherby Connect was trialled on ships during Q4 2020 and Mr Machtelinckx said content could be downloaded with bandwidth as low as 300 kbps. “By creating products that present genuine solutions to issues faced by mariners, such as poor internet connections or cyber security concerns, we are continuing to help a vital industry to thrive,” said Mr Machtelinckx.
Multiple user licences will be available and resources can be accessed from any device on the ship that is linked to the internet, while the program ensures less technical support will be required for set up and maintenance.