Magnavox Announces First Fully Automatic Vessel Monitoring System

The International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT) has granted to Magnavox Advanced Products and Systems Company of Torrence, Calif., type approval for the first fully automatic system for remotely monitoring data gathered on board a vessel. The system is offered as an option to the Magnavox Models MX 211 and MS 211A Satcom terminals, and permits automatic storage and programmed transmission of data to a designated shoreside telex terminal.

Any data source on the vessel may be used with the new system. Typical data sources include the ship's satellite navigator, engine or hull performance monitoring equipment, meteorological sensors, cargo monitoring equipment, and scientific instruments. The data is transmitted from the vessel either fully automatically at pre-programmed times of day, or manually on request by either the vessel or shore telex operator. Programming of the time schedule can be accomplished both onboard the vessel and remotely from the shoreside telex location.

Magnavox expects this new vessel monitoring system to make a significant contribution to the efficiency of fleet management techniques by providing shipowners with more current and accurate data on the vessel's status on a very cost-effective basis. This same system will greatly facilitate the collection of meteorological and other scientific data at sea.

The VMS-A automatic vessel monitoring system option for the Magnavox MX 211 and MX 211A Satcom terminals is prices at $2,500.

For further information on the monitoring system option and a free technical paper describing it, Circle 46 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Dec 1984 Massachusetts

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