Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, designed a new type-approved solution that simplifies customizing integrated bridge systems (IBS) for advanced ships while allowing maximum flexibility when adding functionality to the bridge.
Synapsis NX is a state-of-the-art IBS offering users the benefit of a single, harmonized interface between humans and technology. Navigators benefit from less distraction, superior situational awareness, decision support, and less human error risk. However, ergonomic and operational considerations sometimes lead to the requirement of implementing further functionality on bridge workstations.
“We are using a digital matrix system as an extension for advanced bridge system solutions,” said Christian Rabe, project manager for integrated bridge systems at Raytheon Anschütz. “The matrix system enables the remote display of virtually any additional software or computer at a dedicated workplace on the bridge.”
The true “any function at any place” principle enables the flexible and ergonomic integration of navigation and third-party bridge systems. Customers also benefit from a type-approved, cost-effective solution, without any compromises on the integrity of the navigation system or ship safety.
The system consists of a digital keyboard video mouse (KVM) matrix center, workstation module, and processor module:
“The complete system is modular and scalable. Adding workstations or processors at a later stage is possible and easy to realize,” Rabe said. “We can even configure customer-specific scenarios that allow the operators to enter a predefined setup of the workstations by one click.”
Typical applications for the digital KVM matrix have been, so far, specialized workboats and research vessels, mega-yachts and large passenger ships. In addition to the navigation system, the matrix often combines automation, dynamic positioning, and CCTV, but also office PCs or other specific sources. Regardless of the configuration, the system detects any single point of failure and leads over to a proven, redundant hard-wired backup configuration to ensure safe navigation of the ship.
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