Northrop Grumman Corporation is introducing the VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information System-E (ECDIS-E), a new cost-effective navigation solution for commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries including retrofit installations.
Based on the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT platform, the new ECDIS-E combines an optimized feature set with easy to install hardware. The system meets International Maritime Organization requirements for certain classes of vessels operating internationally to be equipped with ECDIS for paperless navigation.
"This new design not only meets mandatory safety requirements, but brings new technology to the user," said Alan Dix, managing director, Sperry Marine. "The ECDIS-E can be installed as a desktop or console and offers optimized out-of-the-box performance."
The design of the new VisionMaster FT ECDIS-E is focused on ease of use and features a simplified menu structure. It operates on a new standard commercial panel PC, which handles the functions of the monitor, PC unit and related subassemblies and incorporates Total Solid State (TSS) technology. TSS enables Northrop Grumman to build panel PCs that use only microchips instead of the traditional mechanical or rotating active components, thereby providing greater efficiency. The system includes the basic capabilities and sensor interfaces of the standard ECDIS including gyro, speed logs and GPS capability. It demonstrates a highly capable, low-cost solution while still maintaining all key safety features.
The ECDIS-E is designed to be installed on commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries. The new interface has been designed to be intuitive to operate and provides all the tools that the navigator needs for efficient and safe navigation.