Did you know that the American Dialect Society named “app” the word of the year for 2010? Since then, apps for phones, tablets and computers have only grown more popular.
But what exactly is an app (short for “application”), and why should you care about them? An app usually refers to software used on a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. A “web app” or “online app” refers to software you access online via a browser.
You should care because online apps create a quick, streamlined way to perform a specific task. Which brings me to the point of this post: Triton Administrator now has an app which tracks hours of work and rest.
With all the talk about MLC 2006 regulations, not to mention previous requirements to record work hours, we all know the importance of keeping accurate records of crew work and rest hours. Detailed, concise records allow regulatory agencies, and most recently MLC 2006 inspectors, to quickly and easily determine if seafarers are given adequate rest each day.
We’ve written about this subject before in the following blog posts:
Now, Scott Strand, developer of Triton Administrator yacht management software, has created an app based on Triton Administrator’s Work and Rest feature. I caught up with Scott recently to chat about his thought process behind the new app. Here are the highlights of our conversation:
Why did you create the Hours of Work and Rest App?
We’ve spent years developing Triton Administrator into a comprehensive yacht management program. But during that time, mobile devices have become ubiquitous. So I realized that I could take the most frequently used features in Triton, such as hours of work and rest, and create apps for them.
Ultimately, I wanted to give crew an even more convenient and efficient way of updating data. And since virtually everyone these days has a personal mobile device, I wanted a way for individuals to be responsible for inputting their own hours using their own smartphone or tablet.
How does the hours of work and rest app work?
Apps are a growing trend in business software. By creating the work and rest app, we allow customers to access one of Triton Administrator’s most frequently used features with a few quick clicks on a crew member’s mobile device. That means that each crew member can be responsible for recording his or her own hours every day.
The data on the vessel server is updated upon user entry, and can sync as well as shore side computers. So the app helps keep the data updated at all times for all parties.
Allowing crew members to enter their own data using their own devices is a faster, cheaper and more efficient way for the vessel to maintain its Hours of Work and Rest data. There is no need for someone to go around person by person to collect data or have crew enter their times one-by-one on a vessel computer.
That means that at any time, the captain or owner can generate reports from the data or an inspector can come on board and review it. And shore side managers have accurate Work and Rest data every time the vessel’s data syncs.
We've created an example of how the app works in the presentation below. Just click anywhere in the blue box for a step-by-step look at how to enter work hours using the new app.
Are you thinking about creating more apps in the future?
I think the need for vessel management apps is only going to grow as people require more autonomy while accomplishing work tasks. My idea is to eventually create apps for each of Triton’s key functions.
I’d really like to create a checklist app so that crew members can walk around the vessel checking off ISM/ISPS compliance items, allowing the data to immediately be updated on the yacht management software program living on the vessel’s server and syncing with shore side managers’ computers.
I’m also thinking about developing a stock and inventory adjustment app. Inventory is definitely an area where the convenience of updating data on a mobile device will be far superior to today’s method of tallying items on a clipboard and then updating data on the computer. Engineer’s logs and work lists are two more areas where apps would be really convenient and efficient.
I’ve always been focused on reimagining how computer programs work. To me, that means reducing the number of clicks and keystrokes to perform functions using a computer.
One of the key features of Triton Administrator is its emphasis on workflows with integrated data, meaning that when new data is entered, it updates all other related data in the program. For instance, a spare used in a maintenance task automatically updates the inventory list. I’ve consistently built those features into Triton Administrator.
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