A system to monitor critical systems on vessels and alert owners when a problem occurs has been introduced.
Glomex Marine Antennas has unveiled its ZigBoat monitoring system that connects equipment on vessels to a mobile portal. Sensors will monitor watertight doors, shore power, weather, vessel motion and its position.
It is connected to heat and smoke sensors on the vessel and its GPS satellite positioning unit. Owners can set up a geofencing application to alert them if the workboat has shifted position outside a specified area.
ZigBoat will also alert owners if there is a flooded bilge, fire, smoke, loss of power and the beginning of bad weather. Glomex said this would be ideal for coastal and brown-water workboats.
At the centre of ZigBoat is a 10 cm2 and 2.8-cm-high gateway core module that uses a 12-24 V direct current power supply and has a backup battery life of 3-5 years.
This module is linked to wireless sensors around the vessel and to the mobile phone network through a 3G transceiver. There is no limit to the number or variety of sensors the system will accommodate. It can also be linked to a wireless video surveillance camera system.
Vessel owners are alerted to changes in sensor readings in real-time through text messages on mobile devices. The application also has a dashboard to monitor vessel conditions in real-time.