METIS Cyberspace Technology has launched the next generation of its automated data acquisition system, Ship Connect, in an approach that improves data transfer and monitoring while enabling the development of vessel performance analyzes based on standard protocols .
Using a robust, flexible and unified data transmission framework, the upgraded system enables real-time and historical data processing and visualization both on board and ashore. The efficiency of the data transmission process is such that readings are transferred from the vessel’s equipment to the METIS cloud platform in one second or less, making them immediately available for analysis.
âWith the latest generation of Ship Connect, we have set the standard for interoperability that will shape the digital future of shipping,â said Serafeim Katsikas, CTO, METIS Cyberspace Technology. âThe system is lightweight, efficient and compatible with all data sources, requiring minimal resources and optimizing network bandwidth. It is not only blazingly fast, but also secure and reliable, giving shipowners a solid foundation on which to base key operational decisions to improve vessel performance, durability and safety. “
Supported by MQTT, the new standard messaging protocol for IoT, and Google’s language and platform independent Protocol Buffers (Protobuf) mechanism for serialization of structured data, the new system framework is also scalable for adapt to the installation of millions of IoT devices.
âShip Connect is built on a widely supported open source architecture, as opposed to the closed, proprietary type we see in many other systems currently on the market,â Katsikas said. âIt therefore supports our goals by enabling cross-platform integration and seamless interconnection with third-party systems. In addition, the framework’s real-time event management capabilities support distributed event-based processing, he continues. “This brings the compute and data storage closer to the data source, facilitating the development and mass implementation of advanced navigation applications down to the autonomous vessel level.”
The new architecture includes mechanisms to protect quality of service, while advanced message encryption and user authentication protocols provide security. Two-way communication between the device and the cloud streamlines support for troubleshooting and updates.