Alphatron Marine, Setel Powerline sign IP agreement

(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — Alphatron Marine and Setel PowerLine have formalized the reseller and installation partner agreement signed at the recent Posidonia exhibition in Athens, Greece. This cooperation will enable Alphatron Marine to wirelessly use the innovative AlphaEye with integrated CCTV camera system on Setel PowerLine’s IP network, allowing mariners to virtually go anywhere on a vessel without losing the connection.

The IP network is established over the existing electrical infrastructure of the vessels, thereby removing the need for Ethernet re-cabling. Owners and charterers are increasingly requiring WiFi networks and extended LANs throughout their vessels to improve internal connectivity, ultimately to enhance ship operational efficiency and to provide crew with higher quality Internet connectivity.

With the launch of the AlphaEye, Alphatron Marine has taken this technology to a new level to provide mobile audio visual remote support to its customers. With the AlphaEye, the crew on board can connect through a dedicated VSAT, 3G or 4G communication link directly with the expert in the Alphatron Marine office or help desk. This link provides onshore engineers with live audio and visual contact to better understand the issues the onboard crew are facing. Even in such a specialized and customized environment on board, error analysis and problem solving can now be achieved in a matter of minutes.

“With the AlphaEye capability operated on the Setel PowerLine IP backbone, we are able to provide fast and effective remote diagnosis to our clients and shipowners. With coverage through the entire ship, we also enable other subcontractors on board with the same functionality,” said Jeroen Kortsmit, global business development, Alphatron Marine. “We already see significant cost savings arising from the reduced onboard engineering deployments and travel time usually associated with conventional technical and mechanical support. In some cases this may even be up to 20 percent of the yearly support and maintenance budget.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff