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Integrated navigation system granted DNV GL type approval

The Raven Integrated Navigation System (RAVEN INS) by Norwegian Electric Systems has been granted the world's first type approval for a bridge solution where an integrated application has been developed for the bridge instead of combining different pieces of software.

The bridge solution has now been type-approved by DNV GL in accordance with the latest standards. The integrated bridge allows for simpler and more flexible use and provides improved operational reliability and a sound platform for the future digital and green revolution at sea.

“RAVEN INS integrates the various tasks for charts, route planning, radar, autopilot, trackpilot etc. into a comprehensive program and a bridge solution with all software and hardware, as well as an optional integrated operator’s chair to make the operations more convenient,” said executive vice president Johannes Tveit of Norwegian Electric Systems (NES). He compares this to how people used to have a calculator, a photo album and a phone book, while all of these functions are now combined in their smartphone.

RAVEN INS allows users to easily adapt the monitors and screen layout as needed.

“We can tailor the bridge to suit the type of vessel and the operations to be carried out. You can also simply switch between different operations at the touch of a button, whether you are on a transport leg, approaching port or lying stationary, for example beside a wind farm.”

Svein Ove Farstad, general manager sales & marketing for NES, said that the computer and network-based solution improves safety.

“RAVEN INS  provide multiple redundancy. If a monitor or computer fails, others will take over any vital function.”

The computer and network solution also ensure adaptability to future requirements and needs. The comprehensive system developed by the company is ready for new functions to be added.

“As additional needs become apparent and the technology develops, more functions can be added. They could include solutions for engine alarm monitoring, thruster control and dynamic positioning, or smaller systems such as navigation light controls.”

The network solution also means that RAVEN INS  is ready to interact with shore on data capture and remote monitoring.

“This is an important element in the development towards increasing automation and autonomous vessels. RAVEN INS support enhanced user and operational support. And a digital twin is already part of the system, which allows for remote training where the crew can sit at home with their laptop and receive training.”

Executive vice president Johannes Tveit says that RAVEN INS  is the result of hard work by the company’s development entity, while NES has also obtained input from experienced captains.

“We are now pleased to be able to offer our customers a smart, safe and forward-looking system for navigation and operations,” he said.

The new RAVEN INS  has already been sold to a number of customers, and the first bridge will be put into use this year.

 

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