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Optimising Shipping Operations with Dataloy's Webhook and WebSockets

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Andrea Biasillo


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Anumita Bhargava

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Nothing can function optimally in isolation in today’s highly connected online world. From e-commerce apps to banking systems, a successful outcome often requires the integration and sharing of data between multiple entities.

The shipping industry is no exception to the rule of cross-system collaboration. In fact, real-time communication and automation are essential components of a successful and profitable shipping operation. Using traditional communication and data management methods can lead to slow and error-prone processes, resulting in increased costs and decreased profitability.

Fortunately, the integration of advanced technologies like webhooks and WebSockets can revolutionize shipping operations by offering real-time updates and automation, improving accuracy and reducing costs.

At Dataloy, we prioritize incorporating these cutting-edge technologies into our system for increased efficiency and profitability in the shipping industry.
This post will explore the world of these web technologies – what they are, how they function, and when it’s best to put them into action.

Oh boy, it’s finally time dive into webhooks and websockets.

Webhooks and WebSockets are two highly effective protocols transforming how we think about real-time communication and data transfer on the web.

What are Webhooks?

Webhooks are a simple way to receive and send data in real time. They allow an application to receive notifications when an event occurs, such as when a new data point is available or when a user updates a record. Webhooks use HTTP requests to communicate between applications and can be used to automate tasks, such as sending email notifications or triggering a workflow.

Advanced Webhook Features by Dataloy: Expressions and Templates

Webhooks are a standard feature offered by many software platforms for data exchange between applications. However, not all webhooks are created equal. Dataloy stands out in the shipping industry by offering unique and advanced webhook functionalities, such as expressions and templates.

Webhook templates are pre-configured structures that ensure a consistent format and structure of the data sent from one application to another. This allows for the effective processing of the data by the receiving application. On the other hand, Expressions allow for customisation of the data sent by a webhook, allowing you to filter or manipulate the data being sent. Combining these features ensures that the most relevant and accurate data is being sent and received in a format you can quickly process.

Dataloy offers these advanced webhook functionalities to its customers, allowing them to define custom and dynamic webhooks tailored to their specific business needs. With webhook expressions and templates, users can automate complex data exchange scenarios, such as triggering multiple webhooks in response to a single event or filtering the data sent and received.

What are WebSockets?

On the other hand, WebSockets are a full-duplex communication channel over a single TCP connection. They enable real-time data transfer between a client and a server, allowing fast and efficient communication. Unlike Webhooks, which rely on HTTP requests, WebSockets use a persistent connection, allowing for near real-time updates.

Webhooks and WebSockets are two powerful technologies with various use cases in the maritime industry, particularly when used with Dataloy’s Comprehensive Voyage Management Platform.

1. Track Voyages

WebSockets can provide real-time updates on ship location, speed, and route. This allows clients to track the progress of their vessels just in time, giving them greater visibility and control over their operations. voyage tracking can help clients make informed decisions and respond quickly to any potential issues, such as changes in weather conditions or unexpected delays.

2. Real-time Voyage Calculation and Estimation

Webhooks and websockets can provide real-time updates on ship location, speed and route, enabling accurate voyage information calculations such as ETA, remaining distance, and fuel consumption. This improves our customers’ voyage planning and tracking, allowing automated processes such as dock space reservation and inventory updates. Furthermore, webhooks also help in informing customers of voyage changes via notifications.

3. Dynamic vessel performance updates

Webhooks and Websockets can also be used to provide real-time updates on vessel performance, such as fuel consumption and speed. With real-time performance updates, clients can make better informed decisions on voyage planning and optimization, ensuring their vessels are operating at maximum efficiency. This can help to reduce costs and increase profitability, making a significant impact on the bottom line.

4. Collaborative voyage planning

In addition to real-time updates, Webhooks and WebSockets can enable real-time collaboration between multiple users on voyage planning via comments and mention functions. This allows clients to make informed decisions based on real-time information, ensuring that all stakeholders are on the same page. Real-time collaboration can reduce misunderstandings and improve communication, leading to more efficient and effective voyage planning.1.

5. Real-time Communication and Automation

Webhooks allow for real-time communication between systems. For example, when a vessel arrives at a port, the operator can receive a notification and take action to unload the cargo as soon as possible. This can reduce demurrage costs and improve turnaround times.

6. Custom Workflows and Notifications

With Dataloy webhook expressions and WebSockets, shipping companies can create custom workflows that can help to streamline shipping operations. For example, it can be set up to automatically send notifications to the vessel operator when a cargo is ready to be loaded or when a vessel arrives at port. This can reduce demurrage costs and improve turnaround times. Dataloy can also automate cargo tracking and monitoring and provide real-time updates to charterers and operators. This can help to reduce the risk of cargo delays and improve customer satisfaction.

7. Dynamic Market Intelligence updates and Automated Tasks

Additionally, Dataloy webhooks and WebSockets can provide real-time market intelligence, such as freight rates and vessel supply and demand, which can help shipping companies make better-informed decisions about freight rates, voyage planning, and cargo routing. It can also be used to automate specific tasks such as updating the vessel’s voyage plan, updating the vessel’s location and status, and updating the voyage costs. This can save time and resources and help improve the shipping operations’ overall efficiency.

8. Automation of repetitive tasks

With Dataloy, shipping companies can set up webhooks or WebSockets depending on business needs and pre-requisites to automatically update voyage plans, vessel locations, and voyage costs. This can save time and resources for shipping operations, allowing them to focus on more important tasks. By automating these tasks, Dataloy can help improve shipping operations’ overall efficiency. Additionally, Dataloy’s WebSockets can be used to automate the process of triggering specific actions in response to events in other apps

A perfect fit for today and tomorrow

In conclusion, Webhooks and WebSockets play a significant role in transforming the maritime industry. With their ability to provide real-time updates, automate manual processes, and improve communication, these technologies have the potential to drive better outcomes and increase efficiency.

Dataloy is a platform that utilizes APIs, webhooks and WebSockets to connect and automate various shipping operations, helping shipping companies to streamline their processes and optimize their performance. The availability of these advanced features in Dataloy’s platform makes it a standout solution in the shipping industry. This can help businesses save time and resources by streamlining their data exchange processes, allowing them to focus on other core aspects of their operations.

By using these web technologies, which are at the core of Dataloy VMS, shipping companies can answer the following questions and more:

Are we getting real-time updates on cargo and vessel movements?
Are we able to respond quickly to changes in voyage plans or cargo readiness?
Are we able to make informed decisions based on real-time market intelligence?

See how Dataloy VMS with its advanced technology can improve your shipping operations. Get in touch with us today to schedule a demo and learn more about how our solutions can help streamline your processes, increase efficiency, and drive cost savings.

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