Cooperation Yields New Oil Spill Detection System

By Eric Haun
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Image: Moxa

Moxa said it has long partnered with Intel to produce industrial computing platforms, using innovative advances in hardware and software designs to make the most of industrial-grade Intel processors, producing rugged solutions tailored for mission critical maritime applications. The recently published Intel case study ‘Marine Disaster Recovery through Intelligent Systems’ highlights how the combination of Intel processors with Moxa design and engineering has resulted in certified marine computing platforms that are perfectly suited for critical high-performance applications like oil spill detection systems.

In ‘Marine Disaster Recovery through Intelligent Systems’, Intel illustrates how the increasing demand for environmental protections has spurred the demand for oil spill detection systems. One system provider, Miros AS, has selected Moxa’s MC-5150-AC-DC series (built around advanced Intel processors) as the base platform in their advanced oil spill detection (OSD) system.

Basic OSDs must integrate radar sensors, processors and advanced central controls. In Miros’ system, X-band radar is used to produce sea clutter images that allow the OSD to detect distant oil spills, even in the dark, enabling skimming operations to continue around-the-clock. The base processor is the heart of an OSD system, the place where raw information from the radar is collated with information received from navigation devices such as GPS, the gyrocompass, and AIS to create an effective, valuable map that may be used to coordinate cleanup operations.

All industrial marine systems must assure offshore reliability and vessel safety by passing strict tests and certifications for marine standards of quality and durability. Moxa’s MC-5150-AC/DC series of marine computers are fully certified by DNV, and with their Intel Core i5 520E processors they not only provide powerful computing capabilities, but are able to do so in a highly reliable fanless design that carries a full three year warranty, the company said. The MC-5150 series’ exacting standards of quality were the key to winning Miros AS’ endorsement for use in their latest OSD system. Mikael Rydberg, Sales Manager, Miros AS commented, "After software testing, followed by a more rigorous system test, we are left with the impression that Moxa MC-5150-AC/DC will satisfy all Customer- & Product Critical Requirements."

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