Data Analytics: The Key to Smooth Sailing for Our Navy in 2019
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
The year 2018 will be remembered as the year where the fourth industrial revolution truly took off. Technologies such as analytics and machine learning are being adopted at a rapid pace across a plethora of industries in the country, and this trend will continue in the future. However, this technological revolution is unique as it has made its impact felt across non-industrial sectors as well! Bringing an example here, today we’ll talk about how the Indian Navy has jumped on board of the big data analytics bandwagon. Yes, that’s right, the Navy and the Defence Ministry have ensured that in the upcoming year, data will be a key weapon when it comes to safeguarding the shores of our nation!
Let’s sail towards the understanding on how exactly the Navy plans to arm itself with this amazing technology!
The Indian Navy: Evergreen Patrons of Technology
The adoption of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence by the Indian Navy is not a surprise. The decision to incorporate these technologies stems from the fact that the Indian Navy is perfectly in sync with its ethos of exploiting niche technologies. Take for example how the Navy utilizes cybersecurity technologies to safeguard critical data and implements enterprise-wide naval networking technologies to ensure that vital data can be accessed across its bases.
Accordingly, incorporation of analytics and AI into the operational functioning of the Indian Navy was finalised in mid-2018 in a 4-day biannual meeting of top naval commanders.
Big Data for Operational Logistics and Expense Management
Sometimes, people tend to forget that the Navy works on a budget which is allocated by the Central Government. Accordingly, managing expenses becomes critical to ensure that the Navy uses its financial resources efficiently.
Data analytics techniques can help the Navy review data from mission deployments, so that they can know when to deploy naval vessels and aircrafts in risky territories of the Indian Ocean or for bilateral naval exercises with allied countries. This helps the Navy leadership to qualitatively assess the benefits of these missions.
Also, the naval commanders expressed their security concerns and insisted up on the fortification of naval data networks with modern day cybersecurity systems. Furthermore, the conference also witnessed the induction of a new digital library for the purpose of knowledge management and retrieval, and data analytics can help with the access of critical data and information.
Using Big Data to Plan Modernisation of Navy
There has been quite a lot of focus on the modernization plans of the Indian Navy, especially to replace its aging fleet and upgrade its offensive and defensive arsenal. The long-pending projects include the deployment of the country’s second indigenous aircraft carrier, mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV), landing platform docks, diving support and survey vessels and submarine shallow water craft.
Incorporation of data analytics and artificial intelligence in naval operations is expected to improve overall operational logistics, planning of refitting of existing fleet and expenditure management, spares management and forecasting.
All in all, as we are entering 2019, the Navy has ensured that it stays on the top of the game by adopting the latest and most relevant skills and technologies. In the modern age, change is the only constant, and it is critical to catch up with the trends to succeed. So, if you too want to help our armed forces be the best in the seas, you can help them with your data analytics insights! How can you do this? Start today by taking up a comprehensive big data analytics training course.