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Dutch communications, navigation and automation systems provider Radio Holland Group has entered a strategic agreement with Cisco to jointly develop and provide information and communications technology (ICT) solutions for the maritime sector.

Aimed at increasing digitisation in the seafaring industry, the partnership will develop and supply a new remote monitoring and diagnostics service, as well as on-board data management and networks.

Radio Holland Group chief operations officer Dennis Mol said: “In a challenging maritime market, it's Radio Holland’s drive to keep finding and developing solutions that reduce the ‘cost of ownership’ of vessels and improve the efficiency of ship’s operations.

“If a ship can’t sail because of technical problems, the costs incurred are substantial. Our customers are looking for innovative ways to make and keep the operations of their fleet more reliable, efficient and effective.

"Our customers are looking for innovative ways to make and keep the operations of their fleet more reliable, efficient and effective."

“Together with our partner Cisco, and with our complementary expertise, we can develop scalable ICT solutions for various types of ships and market segments.”

The company also noted that the newly formed partnership will benefit from Radio Holland’s experience in maintenance processes, and create useful information that will enable its clients to optimise their operations.

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Possibilities regarding the improvement of on board data-unlocking capabilities, and optimisation of the data connection between ship and shore, will also be explored during the initiative.

Cisco has also outlined plans to establish an investment fund to stimulate digital acceleration of the country in tandem with the Dutch Government, according to an announcement made by the company last month.

Image: Radio Holland Group and Cisco Netherlands representatives. Photo: courtesy of Radio Holland.