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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 

Navis Engineering, a Finland-based maritime dynamic positioning (DP) control system manufacturer, has joined KVH Industries' KVH Watch Solution Partner program on order to deliver a remote monitoring solution for DP and joystick manoeuvring control systems via KVH Watch Cloud Connect services.

Navis’s primary markets are the oil and gas and renewables industries, where DP systems provide highly accurate positioning and control of vessels that must be kept stable in deep sea while operating in proximity to offshore installations.

Alexander Mordvintsev, area sales manager, Navis Engineering, said: “DP and joystick control systems are crucial to the precise manoeuvring of almost any modern vessel and we look forward to offering our customers added value with a range of remote services including real-time monitoring thanks to KVH Watch. In addition, the industry sees DP as a gateway to autonomous vessels and we do expect that remote monitoring and advanced connectivity solutions will become mandatory. KVH services can definitely open the door to the maritime future for industry players.”

Sven Brooks, senior director, IoT business development, KVH, said: “The ability to offer real-time monitoring to clients is so important for an OEM like Navis, whose DP control systems are essential to critical O&G operations with the highest standards for cybersecurity and safety at sea. We are thrilled to welcome Navis as a key KVH Watch Cloud Connect partner.”

KVH's suite of KVH Watch maritime IoT solutions includes Cloud Connect, a service designed to address the complexity of managing data from hundreds of onboard sensors with a comprehensive package containing data source definitions, data mappings, and associated dashboards. An onboard Cloud Connect Edge Server aggregates and processes data from vessel sensors and provide a containerised, hybrid cloud architecture to enable down-sampling, data storage, and data access for analysis, cloud-based data reporting, and dynamic visualisations. Cloud Connect enables on-demand Remote Expert Interventions using video, voice, or text via KVH’s global HTS network. KVH Watch is designed with stakeholder budgets in mind as a Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program offered for an all-inclusive monthly fee with no equipment purchase Capex or maintenance costs for the Watch terminal, Cloud Connect equipment, or Remote Expert Intervention equipment for the subscription duration. For cybersecurity, the KVH Watch antenna provides an isolated-for-purpose LAN, data connectivity at the sensor level, a secure Wi-Fi network for SOLAS-regulated spaces, and a dedicated connectivity solution separating IT and OT as recommended by IMO.

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