Wärtsilä introduces streaming camera system for bridge navigational support

Wärtsilä has launched a new Smart Panoramic Edge Camera System (S.P.E.C.S), providing 360 degree streamed camera footage to a vessel’s bridge for situational awareness and safety management.

The system aims to eliminate blind spots with digital panoramic cameras located around the ship and provide additional support for crews when docking.

The cameras provide a calibrated range grid around the vessel to give precise measurement of distances, and the system software offers an augmented reality view by connecting to the navigation system to assist in identifying targets and potential hazards.

“Safety is of increasing concern in today’s maritime environment,” said Sasha Heriot, Head of Product, Assistance Systems, Wärtsilä Voyage.

“Vessels have become ever larger in size, and the volume of sea traffic is greater than ever before. With S.P.E.C.S, the bridge crew has a perfect view of what’s going on around the ship at all times. This takes situational awareness to a completely new level, and greatly reduces the risk of accidents and costly damage.”

Multiple display and workstation options are available, with a dedicated software package specifically optimised for the hardware.

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