Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit unveiled its next-generation marine navigation technology last
week at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel
The new Sperry Marine family of navigation products
, which will be marketed under the VisionMaster FT label, will be publicly launched at the Shipbuilding Machinery & Marine (SMM) Technology exhibition in Hamburg in September.
“VisionMaster FT is a scalable family of solutions designed with an advanced PC-based Ethernet architecture
offering easy upgradeability and built-in redundancy to meet the emerging requirements for shipboard navigation in the 21st century,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha
, director of Sperry Marine Systems
. “With VisionMaster FT, the shipowner can select whatever level of sophistication is needed, from a standard type-approved radar up to a complete integrated bridge system (IBS) with a built-in upgrade path to address future requirements.”
“The VisionMaster FT technology is also designed to take advantage of value-added services such as electronic chart downloads, automatic weather routing, remote diagnostics and performance monitoring
, as broadband ship
-to-shore satellite links become more widely available in coming years,” said DaCunha. “Marine superintendents and other authorized shore-based users will be able to access the ship’s systems through Sperry Marine’s unique BridgeLink Web-based portal to access ship operational data, view performance data and remotely monitor the ship’s navigation systems and sensors.”
DaCunha noted that Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT can be envisioned as a pyramid of capabilities, comprising four basic levels of navigation functionality – radar, chart radar, electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) and multi-function workstation. The configurable architecture makes it easy to upgrade from one configuration to the next.