Windward, an Israeli specialized data company that analyzes and organizes the world’s maritime information, was awarded the prestigious Global Technology Innovation Leader Award by Frost & Sullivan for 2014. The company says that the award reflects, “Windward’s unique technology, which is bringing cutting edge innovation to one of the last ‘wild west’ frontiers: vessel activity across the world’s oceans.”
According to Windward, its platform takes all the data available on ships worldwide – over 100 million data points per day – and provides decision makers with the alerts and insights on what is truly happening with their interests at sea, whether they are tracking specific ships or following global trading patterns.
Windward is then able to alert its customers when ships are behaving anomalously and might pose a risk or when a new global trend of interest is emerging.
Yaki Baranes, Aerospace, Defense and Security Manager at Frost & Sullivan, explained why Windward was chosen saying, “Windward’s technology has been recognized as a leader in the AIS/SAR and Satellite Based Maritime Monitoring and Analytics Industry as it is fundamentally changing how maritime information is being analyzed and used. By organizing the world’s maritime information, Windward is creating unprecedented visibility on ship activity worldwide, which enhances maritime security and has huge value across industries given the major stakes at sea”.
Ami Daniel, co-Founder and CEO of Windward, said, “We are honored to receive the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Windward is tackling a global challenge of massive proportions – analyzing and organizing the world’s maritime data – and it is truly gratifying to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan for our team’s world class innovation and creativity.” He added, “The oceans have always been opaque with very little visibility on ship activity worldwide. Windward is proud to play a leadership role in harnessing technology to bring this analog world into the digital age.”
Windard’s technology is in wide use by companies and organizations tracking the activity of specific ships, from security agencies to oil and gas companies with interests at sea. The company has said that with its “next
Frontier” already under way, it is providing analysis and actionable information to the financial markets on regional and worldwide shipping and cargo trends and patterns.