MARCH 30, 2022
Over the last decade, technology has enabled rapid advancement in smart homes. Once the exclusive domain of bespoke security solutions, products like Nest cameras and Ring doorbells now allow the average consumer to be alerted to events on their property and observe them in real time from anywhere with a cell phone signal. Imagine having the same observational powers when underway on your yacht!
The power of cloud computing enables modern network connected cameras to be remotely monitored by an AI algorithm always on watch. However, implementing the same systems, aboard a yacht at sea would require large amounts of streaming video data to be continually transmitted back to shore for processing, clogging up your internet connection and costing a fortune in satellite fees.
DLBA has pioneered a solution which harnesses onboard computing power to automatically monitor your CCTV cameras looking for dangers such as smoke, fire, flooding, or intruders, while also listening for abnormal conditions in unmanned engine and machinery spaces. The company’s extensive research and development on US Navy unmanned vessels has advanced this technology to a point where it is now available to the discriminating consumer. Monitoring the camera feeds in real time also enables advanced diagnostics and prognostics of onboard systems and equipment to identify forthcoming problems before they reach a critical point. AI can provide real time feedback onboard the vessel for almost all mechanical systems, which can then be used to identify potential faults in advance – allowing for corrections before failure occurs to maximize the owner’s use and enjoyment of the yacht. Once the system is implemented on a vessel, additional cameras can be readily added to cover more areas and all mechanical systems.
For the ultimate in protection, consider adding thermal imaging cameras to your engine room. As shown in the image above, this technology allows non-contact measurement of the surface temperature of machinery. The propulsion engine is showing consistent heat across the cylinder bank. A temperature differential may reveal a pending failure from a valve or injector which would otherwise not be apparent to the operator. A thermal imager will also quickly identify an overheating exhaust hose that may be caused by a failing raw water impeller or a clogged sea water strainer before the hose fails, or even before the engine temperature alarm activates. In this image above, the exhaust hose is cool, although the elbow is above ABYC’s recommended 200° F.
With an automated system continually scanning all available camera feeds, the vessel operator is free to focus on safe navigation with a reduced number of distractions. The benefits to this include faster detection of abnormal operating conditions which can result in minimized repair costs, a reduced risk of operator fatigue and the ability to monitor more compartments with more cameras for a comprehensive situational awareness of all aspects of the yacht. The bottom line is an increase in the owner’s quality time onboard their floating home.
From the anchor locker aft to the steering gear, and up the mast to the depths of the bilge, an all-inclusive system of AI-enabled marine cameras may soon stand sentinel onboard your yacht 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to alert you or your crew to pending problems before they become critical.
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