Data terminals are integral to the safe and continuous transmission of communications on board ships to external locations including air, land to other ships. This couldn’t be any more applicable for industries such as the navy where it is vital that information is relayed from one point to another seamlessly. The end environment dictates that it is paramount to the functionality of marine messaging systems that they be protected as best as possible against the challenges and obstacles imposed by being integrated on board vessels.
There is an increasing need for this variety of PC to be installed in marine consoles to ensure protection against factors such as shock and vibration which are often prevalent on ships. Making the process of integration and configurability simple saves ship professionals’ time, effort and concern when introducing new equipment into systems. Utilising a panel PC to perform this function is the preferred method due its accessibility, processing speed and resilience.
The reduction of its carbon footprint is a matter that is a pressing priority for the naval industry, a way of achieving this relating to messaging terminals is to ensure devices run on minimal power with a wide operating temperature. This secures the continuous operation of the systems and prevents failures in times where the ship may need to cease its air conditioning supply to assist military aims and the atmosphere becomes more intense. Other ways the industry are currently tackling this issue is to upgrade systems to the latest technologies on vessels.
Other obstacles integrators of naval data systems should consider include in the context of the computing used.
- Accounting for problems imposed by radiated emissions.
- Integrating features such as dust filters to withstand unclean environments.
- Latest generation processors to increase system speed and reduce power consumption.
- Development of larger screens to ease in the analysis of onscreen information.
While naval messaging terminals may not necessarily have to pass industry accreditation such as IEC 60945, it remains crucial they are tested for thermal and EMC issues to ensure their dependable operation throughout their life cycle. Testing for these issues also ascertains that the products will incur no interference to a ships’ overall functionality and will not negatively impact the safety of those on board.
Testing products in-house prior to their installation is a recommended, sensible and also cost effective way of achieving this.