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Danelec Marine Introduces New Integrated Remote Ship-to-Shore Data Access Platform

Versatile Solutions Include Push-Through and Pull-Through Remote Access
(Birkeroed, Denmark – Sept. 7, 2016) – Danelec Marine has unveiled its second-generation Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) remote access platform to facilitate data collection and transfer from ships’ systems and sensors to shore offices. The flexible packages include VDR OnDemand pull-through data retrieval and Vessel AutoConnect push-through data transmission.

“Ship managers are increasingly looking to use real-time data from ships at sea as a tool to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “Until now, the primary barrier to accessing ship data has been the lack of a cost-effective universal data gateway that can collect data from various onboard systems and make it available for transmission through the ship’s satellite terminal. That’s the ‘data gap’ that our VDR remote access platform is designed to overcome.”

At the heart of the Danelec remote access platform is the Vessel Remote Interface (VRI) module, a small box that is external to the VDR. It receives data from the Danelec VDR and data interfaces, processes the data and sends it to the ship’s satellite terminal. It works seamlessly with Danelec DM100 VDRs in pull-through applications, and can be used with any VDR brand or model in a push-through configuration since it can bypass the VDR altogether.  The system also can be configured to allow the crew to enter data manually through a simple web interface.

VDR OnDemand is a remote access service that allows authorized shore personnel to query the ship and request download of specified data sets from the VDR, using Danelec’s VDR Remote Access Tool software. Typical applications may include: preparing for a service call with advance readings from shipboard equipment; pulling data files from a ship for instant replay ashore during an incident at sea; and remotely diagnosing the VDR and connected systems.

With the push-through Vessel AutoConnect service, shore personnel can either use a dashboard on Danelec’s server or their own custom-designed dashboard. Selected data sets are transmitted automatically at preprogrammed intervals under software control without the need for a request from shore. The intelligent software can support event-driven or condition-based rules to vary the timing and selection of data as the situation requires. For instance, the system may be programmed for data downloads from the GPS, speed log and engine (RPM) once an hour under normal steaming conditions, but increases the reporting interval automatically as the water depth decreases or when the ship enters restricted waters. It can also provide immediate notification of alarms from crucial shipboard systems.

“The VDR, which is mandatory equipment on almost all commercial ocean-going vessels, is a perfect platform around which to build a remote data access solution,” Ottosen added. “It’s a very efficient device for collecting and storing data from various sources. While many VDRs permit remote streaming from ship to shore, the files, including audio and video recordings, are enormous. We have designed our VDR architecture so as to support selective data transfer, either in response to a request from shore or automatically in accordance with preprogrammed instructions. You get only the data you want when you want it.”

“Importantly, the process takes place without interfering with the primary mission of the VDR, which is storing data for retrieval in the event of an incident,” he said.


Danelec Marine

Headquartered in Denmark, Danelec Marine is a leading supplier of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Danelec Marine was one of the first companies to bring to market VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) to meet the original IMO carriage requirements.

More than 6,000 vessels today are equipped with a VDR or S-VDR designed and manufactured by Danelec. The company has factory-trained service facilities in more than 50 countries and Certified Service Centers at strategic locations worldwide.

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