An application programming interface (API) can be described as a safe protocol used to exchange information. We make use of APIs every single day, such as when we are using our smartphones. There is an API to connect the camera software with your social media app or an API that will allow you to use your location and find the nearest restaurant. In other words: we are utilising different APIs daily to integrate different pieces of software.
The Shipping KPI API is a customised API which needs to be tailored and guided for users to share the correct information. Once correctly set up, it can save a significant number of working hours. This could be the case for office staff who would otherwise collect and apply several pieces of dataset across multiple departments. Using the API, providing it is set up correctly, the data can be shared, thereby saving staff the time to search for the data in many different locations. This includes all the primary Performance Indicators such as PI025: the number of seafarers not relieved on time.
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