VIS Introduces New Vessel Instrumentation And Alarm System

Vessel Information Systems has brought microprocessor technology into the pilothouse by introducing the VIAS System-128. This new vessel instrumentation and alarm system represents a high-tech melding of computer display technology with familiar shipboard systems, resulting in the ultimate "at-a-glance" instrumentation and alarm system.

Unlike conventional instrument panels that show engine, electrical, and fluid level data on individual gages, the VIAS system uses a fullcolor CRT monitor to display "dials" on the screen. While the components remain the same for each installation, the screens are configured for a specific vessel. Relatively simple to install, the system consists of a main processor unit (usually mounted in the engine room), display processor, monitor with keypad, and the capacity display data collected from a mindboggling total of 128 inputs. Each input can be either analog or digital.

The analog input represents a dial while the digital inputs are used to display the on/off status of shipboard switches.

According to the manufacturer, the real beauty of the system lies in its ability to be customized by the end user from the type of data collected to the number of audio/visual alarms to the formats used to present information on the screen. The monitor is really a display station where you look for all vessel information.

An unlimited number of display stations are available, and each requires that only one wire is run from the engine room to the display.

Past history data for up to a month is standard with each input.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  Jan 1991

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