Visualize the Vesselʼs DNA. Effectively optimise energy management
Data Acquisition Manager is the core of Vector Telemetry Platform, which is designed to provide the insight required for optimal ship operation. Key goals are to improve fuel efficiency and optimize cleaning and other maintenance intervals, in order to remain competitive in an ever demanding environment, where decreased emissions, minimized failures but also maintenance cost are of utmost importance and early warning of issues is crucial. At the same time, compliance with enviromental regulation, charterer requirements and evaluation of the impact of energy saving investments/ strategies (ranging from retrofits to new paints and from trim optimization to optimal speed) are feasible and sustainable.
Vector Telemetry platform is a proprietary system that collects data from onboard existing systems, can be complemented by new sensors, either user supplied or Vector proprietary sensors, in order to deliver to the client the specified degree of sofistication. Data are collected from their corresponding points and transmitted to a shared or dedicated data center. The collected data are stored in a mutidimencional database which in turn can be further processed and visualized in order to provide intuitive dashboards and key diagnostics, which are delivered to vessels and shore personnel for increased awareness, decision making, evaluating and/or comparing. Everything happens in real time and action can be taken from anywhere, using any device.
The same system that allows for fast, continuous and reliable acquisition, can also be used to control subsystems, thus unleashing even more flexibility to serve any purpose of the end user.
Features & Modules
A large multidimencional model of parameters is created, common for the whole fleet. This model is fed primarily by the shipʼs collection system, but can also be complemented by other sources such us weather, currents, as well as from shipʼs characteristics and performance curves.
The platform has a ship subsystem (VESSEL) and a Land subsystem (HUB). The Land system can be private or shared , in the cloud or in private infrastucture, ensuring the client's level of data confidentiality.
The system consists of multiple collectors which use multiple interfaces with the appropriate protocols to acquire and store data values. Parameters are synchronised against a common clock, while they can have user defined/varying sampling rates, remotely controlled by the office. Collected data is transfered to the Hub in office specified intervals that can be set remotely from by office to suit the specific ocassion required.
Typically, collectors can be located in Bridge, Cargo Control and Engine Control room and can be wired or wireless. All data collected flow through shared or dedicated LAN to the Shipʼs server. Collectors can be new pannels or rack mountable components installed within existing cabinets.
The platform combines Wired acquisition with Wireless Acquisition, based on the exeptional ATEX approved industrial protocol with AES encryption, frequency hopping, self healing and self organising mesh networking.
Interfaces with existing sensors can be:
and can be used to provide interfaces to shipʼs:
- Bridge subsystems,
- Cargo Monitoring Subsystems,
- Engine monitoring,
- Engine Alarm monitoring,
- Generators & Switchboards
Although a large number of makers are already supported, each interface undergoes the same carefull ship specific parameters matching and verification to ensure accurate and reliable data collection.
The system includes embedded industrial and class approved firewall which secures all data flow from the vessel to the HUB, on top of the vesselʼs existing security infrastucture.
The complete system life cycle is supported by web-based documentation, which includes manuals, preparation scheduling, installation and configuration history, including plans, service reports and invoices.
The system has its own API, so that to allow for shipboard integation with other systems as well as office integration with other systems for calculations and visualization.
Taking into account the variety of needs, the system has desktop and web interfaces, which provide:
- Administration and configuration
- Parameters plotting agains time
- Parameters plotting against paramerts
- Mimic diagrams
- Custom dashboards
- Advanced Diagoniostic setup and configuration with the ability to send notifications automatically
- VDR like playback (AIS and Vessel data)
To allow for ease or Navigation and comparison, the system can easily switch accross vessels, while maintening the same view of displayed dashboards per vessel.
Diagnostics Alerts Notifcations
To support management by exception, the platform provides open scripting tooltips for the design and programming of complex Diagnostic calulations on raw and/or processed parameters. Diagnostics may have alarms, values and actions including email and sms notifications. The system can also send periodic summary notifications.
To remain open to customerʼs requirements and to facilitate for preprocessed viewing of complex sets of data, the system has the capacity to provide for personalized and company wide (pre-set) dashboards.
In addition to user and customer specific dashboards system dashboards exist to persent vessel or fleet specific indicators.
Actual data from telemetry can be compared to theoretical (CFD or other model-based methods) or prqactical (sea trial and/or "trial voyage" ) reference values, in order to assess the vessel condition and make dedustions that can aid in decision making both in operational measures (i.e. speed/trim change) and technical (i.e. cleaning, painting, retrofitting). Combined with maintenance and operations event logging, the data acquisition manager allows for a higher accuracy in assesments and timely planning, while making reporting easier.
Depending on Engine type and user requirements, several levels of telemetry are achieveable, from simple alarm (EMS) relaying to full engine data (up to pressure cycle managements, for electronic engines). This leads to a clear view of the engine condition and timely alerting for potential problems. Combined with the rest of telemetry the system allows for best practices to be recognized and unnecessary wear to be timely avoided.
Optimisation - Trim
Utilising state of the art RTK GPS, centimeter level accuracy , is now feasible in the assesment of trim, both dynamically and statically, enabling evaluation of its effects. By also employing the hull and propeller performance characteristics, the operators can optimize their trim settings for less consumption and more safety.
Optimisation - Tanker Discharge
Automated or forms based entry of dischage parmaters from the cargo control and from the engine room, allow office personnel to have a near real time evaluation of the unloading operations and advise on more optimum configurations.
As the platform provides a very comprehensivve cover of all the parameters that infuence the energy management, for hull alone, engine alone and combined conditions, the platform is complemented by a high level analytics platform, which can be used to recognize patterns and spot discrepancies that are not captured by daytoday diagnostics.
Ready to be used for the ON/OFF Control of ships subsystems, based on continously evaluated criteria.