MARITIME DATA ENGINE MDE - The smart data normalizer
The MDE has two improvements not found in past data-collection systems on board a vessel:
- All data from one or more ships of a fleet with different data structures, independent of the data source and deployed platform, will be normalized and quickly made usable.
- The MDE is not a proprietary stand-alone product. Rather, it is an Industry 4.0 compatible network solution that makes real-time data available via the standardized OPC-UA interface for third-party system integration.
Network solution thanks to OPC-UA standard interface
The MDE expands the OPC-UA standard with dynamic components. When installed on-board a ship, it generates a normalized, current process image of the ship. If installed on land and if all ships in a fleet are networked via wide area connections, the MDE can provide normalized process images of the fleet. This applies to both newly constructed ships and acquired ones as well.
Providing vessel data for third-party system integration
Each ship has a unique equipment configuration, posing the challenge of having to normalize the data for general and system-independent usage and optimize their further use. This applies both to an individual ship and an entire fleet. In many cases, each supplier installs his own system on board, resulting in a high level of effort. The cost-intensive development of various third-party solutions for each individual ship and various ship systems – such as for watertight doors or fire alarm systems – is eliminated.
How to install it
If there is a wide area network connection to the ships of a fleet, the installation of the MDE can generally be performed remotely via satellite communications to an on-board server. In previous installations, the basic MDE was installed on-board by an INTERSCHALT technician in order to minimize risks in the network configuration, and because plausibility checks of the data to be collected and the data sources also had to be made. All other installations were performed remotely. The subsequent service contracts include product maintenance, software support, debugging and update service.