Migrating to Software-Only Licenses for More Responsive License Management

The world’s premier shipping companies work with the software solutions of ABB Marine & Ports to get their vessels safely and efficiently to their destinations. A loyal customer of Wibu-Systems for over a decade, ABB has been relying on CodeMeter dongles to store the license keys for their ABB AbilityTM Marine Advisory System - OCTOPUS.

The current version of the system is using Wibu-Systems’ robust metal-case CmStick ME, a perfect choice for the rugged conditions at sea. As satellite communications has made fast Internet connections at sea a common reality for maritime operators, the company is looking to move from physical to software solutions to streamline its logistics processes.

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  • VENDOR
  • CUSTOMER
  • ABB is a pioneering technology leader that works closely with utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers in roughly 100 countries. With more than four decades at the forefront of digital technologies, ABB is a leader in digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems with an installed base of more than 70,000 control systems connecting 70 million devices. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB employs around 136,000 people.

    The specific business unit for this case study was ABB Marine & Ports.

  • SOLUTION
  • The next release of the ABB Marine & Ports’ marine advisory system, the OCTOPUS suite, will rely exclusively on the all-software CmActLicenses, which can be distributed through the cloud. While CmDongles offer unparalleled security, the opportunity to migrate to a software-based solution makes the system more convenient to use in the hustle and bustle of naval operations.

    The decision in favor of Wibu-Systems’ CmActLicenses not only simplifies the allocation of licenses but also of updates and new modules via the cloud with around-the-clock availability. As an added bonus, the capabilities of CodeMeter License Central gives the company flexible control over access to the data in the hydrodynamic databases and the use of real-time signal data.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1

    Simplified allocation of licenses.

    Impact #2

    Updates of new modules via the cloud with around-the-clock availability.

  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • SOFTWARE
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Transportation
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • ENABLED CAPABILITIES
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
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