Engineers can remotely analyse potential issues and faults in navigation equipment on ships using technology that links bridge systems and automation with satellite connectivity
Telemar engineers can use Marlink’s BridgeLink smart maintenance application to investigate problems with bridge OT in real-time from shore instead of being sent to the vessel. Operational technology is connected through a dedicated and secure local area network to a vessel’s VSAT for remote access to software and firmware.
This includes GMDSS [Global Maritime Distress and Safety System] equipment, radar, ECDIS, satellite communications systems, voyage data recorders, communications systems and navigational aids.
This BridgeLink application will streamline troubleshooting and enable data analysis to optimise asset lifecycles.
Telemar will use this application for performance analysis and to collect data for site surveys, reducing the engineering time required for firmware and software installations and upgrades.
“BridgeLink will dramatically enhance our efficiency in servicing our customers’ needs in terms of bridge electronics maintenance,” said Telemar Italy general manager Giorgio Santantonio.
“It allows our technical team, remotely and in real-time, to access the equipment on board the ship, run specific fault-finding diagnostics, update software and analyse working efficiency,” he said.
Mr Santantonio explained how BridgeLink would assist if a problem could not be fixed remotely. “Any subsequent onboard service attendance can be arranged more effectively with the required spare parts for a drastically improved first-time-fix success rate,” he said.
Telemar is a subsidiary of Marlink Group, which supplies vessels with VSAT of various bands of radio frequency and satellite communications hardware.