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INTERSCHALT adds standardised data monitoring system

INTERSCHALT maritime systems has introduced its new Maritime Data Engine (MDE), a background application for on board data collection built on industry standard protocols.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MDE includes the ability to normalise all data from one or more ships in a fleet with different data structures, independent of the data source and deployed platform, and is built using standardised OPC-UA interfaces for third-party system integration, as an ‘Industry 4.0 compatible’ network solution.

“The MDE fulfils the requirement necessary to tap into the data pool of ships as a part of business intelligence,” said Robert Gärtner, CEO of INTERSCHALT.

“By using the OPC-UA standard as part of Industry 4.0, the MDE has the potential to establish itself as a central interface for on board system integration and is the ideal supplement to our VDR systems. Both products are in-house developments of INTERSCHALT and are optimally matched to one another.”

When installed on board, MDE generates a normalised current process image of the ship, with all such images from across the fleet displayed within the shore-based installation of the software.

While each ship has a unique equipment configuration, the MDE aims to solve the challenge of having to normalise the data for general and system-independent usage by creating a uniform and bundled data cloud from all areas of the ship using standardised protocols.

The OPC-UA standard also offers multi-layered security and authorisation capabilities, so that the data is normalised with standardised interfaces and communications protocols from which the process image can be read, while still protecting against unauthorised access.

If there is a wide area network connection to the ships in the fleet, the installation of the MDE can generally be performed remotely via satellite communications to an onboard server, the company says.

The system is already in practical use, with AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere the first to deploy the software. The data from their ships is now being relayed for real-time monitoring to the new Fleet Operation Center of their joint Marine Operations Unit, Carnival Maritime, in Hamburg.{/mprestriction}

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