With every passing year, modern vessels are becoming more and more technologically advanced. Today, we can observe remote management and interaction with a wide range of devices designed for navigation, vessel's operational tasks, seabed research, etc. Each member of the vessel's crew receives special training on how to use specialized equipment and ship maintenance software. Mechanization and automation of vessels radically changed the working and living conditions of seamen.
The development of data collection technologies for oil-producing, military, and research vessels is a complex and time-consuming process. A big number of specialized equipment must be installed on vessels in order to provide efficient data collection and analysis. The communication with such equipment is typically done via serial RS232 and RS485 interfaces. To transfer data around the vessel, you may also need to install tons of cables. With that, running cables to all the required locations does not seem efficient, given the cables’ inflexibility, installation cost and time.
The solution to this problem can be Serial Port Virtualization Technology that offers advanced functionality of remote access, monitoring, and management of equipment. You won't need to build a huge network of long wires across the vessel to operate the required equipment remotely. The technology allows accessing any remote serial device wirelessly.
The technology of serial port virtualization can be easily integrated into any vessel software or added to the core of specific shipping equipment. More than that, the solution is compatible with any OS and can redirect any number of serial devices over TCP/IP or UDP networks.
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