Alewijnse AlViVi platform for DEME dredgers
Rotterdam area based systems integrator Alewijnse Marine has introduced a new virtualisation and visualisation platform for use on trailing suction hopper dredgers.
The AIViVi solution, which can also be applied to other vessels, acts as a central hub, centralising and integrating all the dredging process systems and distributing the visualisation of data to all networked screens onboard a ship. It has already been installed on several trailing suction hopper dredgers operated by Belgium’s DEME Group.
Alewijnse has been working with DEME for more than three years in the field og#f automation on board dredgers. Previously completed projects include hopper control systems such as the Alewijnse Draught and Loading System (ADLS) and the Alewijnse Suction Tube System (ASTS) with complementary automatic functions.
AlViVi provides a fast and flexible platform consisting of several virtualised dredging process related systems. It replaces the computers and Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) equipment and reduces cabling on board vessels. The platform can visualise multiple ship’s systems on individual screens. Alternatively, a single system can also be selected for display on multiple screens around the vessel, providing a highly flexible systems for operators on board.
Alewijnse product manager Johan van Rikxoort explained: “The platform is fast, user friendly and extremely reliable, resulting in maximum uptime and optimal operational safety. By bringing together multiple systems in one environment, the maintenance and management becomes much easier and efficient. Updates are better and faster to test or roll back. In addition, the lifetime of the software is extended by the independence of the platform and the system is also extremely secure from intruders.
“An additional benefit considered highly important by Alewijnse for this project is the significant reduction on space and costs of hardware and software maintenance. The solution saves enormously on physical components. The platform takes up 75% less space through much reduced requirement for cabling, computer hardware and cabinets.”
By Larz Bourne
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