Nautical Control Solutions’ (NCS’s) FuelTrax monitors, measures and reports fuel consumption in real-time and sends the data, GPS-stamped, every 15 minutes by satellite to the FuelNet online data repository, where it is accessible to customers and archived indefinitely. NCS has been collecting and archiving this data since 2005 from hundreds of vessels and continues to collect it at the rate of megabytes per day. Today the database contains terabytes of data.
The NCS FuelTrax data collection system can be universally applied to any vessel and fleet of vessels. Data collection is standardised and neutral with respect to the type of fuel being consumed, the type of engine and the vessel. The data is ideally suited for evidenced-based decision making.
Using big data enables the user to unlock valuable, transparent information that is made accessible by deploying strategic data mining techniques. There is still a large amount of data that is not captured or made easily accessible through a searchable database network, but NCS FuelTrax makes this easily accessible and, according to the company, removes inefficiencies.