Boat Engine Monitoring, Remote Logging & Protection System Upgraded

By George Backwell at February 14, 2014 20:55
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Yacht charterers and workboat operators may be interested to hear that the satellite-based tracking, monitoring and notification system GPlink has just been upgraded so that fleet commercial users can download reports detailing fuel burn and engine hours for any chosen time frame.

The sensing system, GPlink, in conjunction with the Iridium Global Network, protects yachts and workboats by remotely monitoring engines and on-board critical systems and relaying data wirelessly to an internet enabled computer on shore. The manufacturers say that although this new feature has only been available for a few weeks, fleet managers have found it a useful tool for information sharing with vessel owners. Business managers are enthusiastic too, as it helps determine profit and loss on jobs; apparently one charter company even uses these reports to invoice at separate rates for running versus non-running hours.

On-board monitoring units: Photo courtesy of GPlink

Information provided
GPLink monitors marine engines and critical systems in a wide range from bilge and battery levels to power interruption, fire alarms and engine diagnostics, all the while tracking the precise location of the boat.

Additional reports and archiving for commercial vessels include:
    •    Fuel usage by day/week/month/shift
    •    DM2 code history
    •    Alert history
    •    Geofence history
    •    Location/position history and log

Coverage & interface
On board sensors feed information to the communication system which provides reliable worldwide coverage, no matter where the boat goes. . 

The manufacturers claim that the system (developed specifically for Caterpillar powered yachts & commercial vessels, but also available for other makes of engine) can interface with more DM and DM2 codes than any other remote monitoring solution. The on-shore receiving dashboard can be easily configured to track any of the resulting multitude of available diagnostics .

The system has a small, unobtrusive footprint, with no exterior or hard-top mountings required. The transponder unit and small wired antenna is usually mounted under the helm console or engine room.

Data archives
Beyond showing near real-time data, GPlink also archives all data, which can be referenced at any time. On-demand reports can be compiled by date range, shift, alarms, DM codes, geofences, engine logs and position. Users also get monthly updates on any alarms received during the month, a complete engine diagnostic report and any other important updates.

Remote Monitoring

Remote display using 'Follow Vessel': Image courtesy of GPlink

Floating assets can be monitored from any internet enabled computer, smart phone or mobile device. Owners, operators and engineers can track operating parameters and assess system efficiency in near real-time.

Users have only to tap the ‘Follow Vessel’ tab to bring up a view of a chart with the vessels current location plotted on it without the need to use custom search features; and this view will continue to update as long as the vessel is under power: a feature that will simplify things, especially for anyone who charters out a yacht.

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