KVH Industries, announced that Navis Engineering, a leading maritime dynamic positioning (DP) control system manufacturer, has joined the KVH Watch® Solution Partner program and will offer KVH Watch Cloud Connect services to deliver a remote monitoring solution for their DP and joystick maneuvering control systems. Navis’s primary markets are the oil and gas and renewables industries, where DP systems provide highly accurate positioning and control of vessels that must be kept stable in deep sea while operating in proximity to offshore installations.
“DP and joystick control systems are crucial to the precise maneuvering of almost any modern vessel and we look forward to offering our customers added value with a range of remote services including real-time monitoring thanks to KVH Watch,” says Alexander Mordvintsev, area sales manager for Navis Engineering. “In addition, the industry sees DP as a gateway to autonomous vessels and we do expect that remote monitoring and advanced connectivity solutions will become mandatory. KVH services can definitely open the door to the maritime future for industry players.”
“The ability to offer real-time monitoring to clients is so important for an OEM like Navis, whose DP control systems are essential to critical O&G operations with the highest standards for cybersecurity and safety at sea,” says Sven Brooks, senior director of IoT business development for KVH. “We are thrilled to welcome Navis as a key KVH Watch Cloud Connect partner.”
KVH recently expanded its suite of KVH Watch maritime IoT solutions with Cloud Connect, a service designed to address the complexity of managing data from hundreds of onboard sensors with a comprehensive package containing data source definitions, data mappings, and associated dashboards. An onboard Cloud Connect Edge Server aggregates and processes data from vessel sensors and provide a containerized, hybrid cloud architecture to enable downsampling, data storage, and data access for analysis, cloud-based data reporting, and dynamic visualizations.
Cloud Connect is part of the KVH Watch maritime IoT suite, which includes the ability to perform on-demand Remote Expert Interventions using video, voice, or text via KVH’s global HTS network. KVH Watch is designed with stakeholder budgets in mind as a Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program offered for an all-inclusive monthly fee with no equipment purchase CAPEX or maintenance costs for the Watch terminal, Cloud Connect equipment, or Remote Expert Intervention equipment for the subscription duration. For cybersecurity, the KVH Watch antenna provides an isolated-for-purpose LAN, data connectivity at the sensor level, a secure Wi-Fi network for SOLAS-regulated spaces, and a dedicated connectivity solution separating IT and OT as recommended by IMO 2021.
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