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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 

Telemar, a Marlink Group company dedicated to bridge electronics, on-board services and maintenance, has launched its BridgeLink remote support system.

Telemar engineers will use BridgeLink to provide pro-active support to reduce potential down-time and increase efficiency of Bridge Electronics hardware as well as associated software maintenance and repair.

Designed within the Marlink Group, a core aspect of BridgeLink is the interconnection of equipment on board within a standardised data structure. By expanding the scope of equipment remotely accessible via the BridgeLink smart maintenance app, Telemar can perform more repairs remotely and increase first-time fixes for a more efficient service when field engineers visit customer vessels.

The smart maintenance app is intended to streamline troubleshooting, using the data collected to optimise asset lifecycles and deliver efficiencies, as well as performance analysis and data collection, helping to reduce the engineering time required for firmware/software installations and upgrades.

The Telemar smart maintenance team consists of certified and trained Field Service Engineers able to start in depth investigations to problems with GMDSS equipment, radar and ECDIS, satellite communications systems, voyage data recorders and the majority of communications systems and navigational aids, quickly and from shore.

The BridgeLink smart maintenance app implements network security features and all nominated bridge technology on board is connected on a dedicated and secured Local Area Network.

“BridgeLink will dramatically enhance our efficiency in servicing our customers’ needs in terms of bridge electronics maintenance,” said Giorgio Santantonio, GM Telemar Italy. “It allows our technical team, remotely and in real time, to access the equipment on board the ship, run specific fault-finding diagnostics, update software and analyse working efficiency. If we are not able to fix a fault remotely, the subsequent on-board service attendance can be arranged more effectively with the required spare parts for a drastically improved first-time-fix success rate.”

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