Danelec has developed a new, virtually plug and play solution for integrating in-vehicle high definition video surveillance with data collected and stored by its DM100 Travel Data Recorders (VDRs).
Called IP Video Interface (IPVI), Danelec’s new solution increases situational awareness for accident investigators and provides better operational understanding for shipowner and operator management teams, as well as training organizations and instructors.
With simple and seamless integration into a vessel’s CCTV network – regardless of camera type or manufacturer – the IPVI system is a remote data interface for the collection and storage of HD video footage, which the DM100 timestamps and syncs for playback in the same interface as VDR data. Users can view an extensive and fully controllable timeline of events and record the view of any connected CCTV camera against mandatory VDR system data, including radar, ECDIS and alarms, as well as audio recordings . The result is a much clearer view of the circumstances leading up to, during and in response to a major incident or accident.
The IPVI system is designed from the ground up to protect the integrity of VDR data and ensure that the regulatory performance of the DM100 VDR cannot be affected. It only delivers still images directly to the VDR at user-defined intervals, while video is stored directly in the IPVI system’s internal storage or a connected NAS. Data can be mined, extracting data from the VDR and footage from the IPVI to visually correlate events during an investigation, or for use as feedback and training after an incident. The IPVI can also provide easily accessible domain knowledge for ongoing offshore safety issues, including responding to man-overboard or near-miss incidents, as well as cargo and container losses.
“Although CCTV footage is not part of the mandatory regulatory data collected by our DM100 VDR, we believe that as an optional upgrade, IPVI adds tangible value to end users by providing the ability to review the conditions and crew response to an incident at sea,” said Casper Jensen, CEO of Danelec. “The system reflects our work to continuously improve the capabilities of our market-leading VDRs, either in response to regulatory changes , or as in this case, to provide our customers with a means to improve safety and maritime operations from the data provided by their trusted DM100 systems. .”
Danelec will base its future IPVI developments on market feedback and operational experience with VDR enhanced video installations. The system is expected to also be able to deliver synchronized video and VDR data to the cloud as Danelec seeks to add more end-user value and explore synergies with its IoT and digitization portfolio. which includes DanelecConnect and the Vessel Remote Server.
Danelec’s new IPVI system is suitable for new build and retrofit installations and is expected to be available for order in Q4 2022.