with top facilities and services
in the Mediterranean and Gulf region
on 2 continents
After our first marina booking prototype proved to be a resounding success, D-Marin was sure it was the right choice to continue on the path towards a full digital transformation.
The next step would be to build a set of software solutions necessary to serve D-Marin guests on the device of their choice.
Our goal was to build web platforms for one-time and registered users as well as full-fledged Android and iOS applications with unique mobile features, integrating all three products with the constantly growing D-Marin ecosystem.
Our first goal was to build a web platform that would enable D-Marin visitors to make individual bookings. We used Angular to develop a simple, responsive portal that requests the basic information necessary to assign a berth to a customer’s boat. After providing the data, the user can choose their preferred birth from a list or pick one on a map that includes interest points like restaurants. Depending on availability, the system suggests upsells like access to electricity and collects information about user preferences in case the chosen berth happens to be unavailable upon arrival. The booking is finalized by a payment, with various local methods integrated into the system.
To maximize convenience, we needed to enable users to register accounts with D-Marin so they could place and manage bookings without repeatedly providing the same information. Our designers had already started building a design system for D-Marin while working on the company’s back office application, so the current project only required them to build additional components according to the already established rules. Using a design system not only made this part of the process extremely fast, but also facilitated the frontend development and testing phases that came afterwards.
We adapted the design components for mobile and built the two applications in native technologies (Jetpack Compose and SwiftUI). We integrated them with the web platform and the marina management system on the backend. The solution we built has provided D-Marin guests with the capacity to control their marina experience on the device of their choice.
In the past, visitors had to request employees’ assistance multiple times throughout each stay, including at check-in and check-out. This resulted in less-than-perfect experiences, especially on busy summer days with long lines to the front office. Thanks to D-Marin’s digital transformation, guests can deal with most issues from the convenience of their boats and focus on enjoying their stays in the marina. Meanwhile, employees have more time to support visitors who require special assistance.
We integrated our mobile software with Sense4Boat IoT sensors that D-Marin’s most loyal customers receive and place on their boats. D-Marin app users can now receive alerts about the current state of their boat, no matter where they are.
In case of especially alarming sensor readings, marina staff is notified so field employees can be dispatched to deal with the situation. Click here to read more about StarFlow, the enterprise app that facilitates and optimizes the everyday work of D-Marin’s field employees.
In the past, getting access to electricity and running water required sailors to request assistance from a marina employee, which usually involved a long walk to the front desk for the boat owner and a long wait for the passengers.
With the D-Marin app, it’s enough to scan a QR code on a Smart Pedestal, choose your preferred utilities, and perform a quick online payment. The app will then show the guest which sockets are available and, after the boat has been plugged in, enable utility flow to be activated.
Click here to read more about how we partnered with Netizens to revolutionize the D-Marin experience with IoT Smart Pylons.
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