to Marine Electronics Integration
electronics integration is the process of interconnecting the various
components of navigation equipment, instruments, computer and/or chart
plotter on a vessel, thereby enabling the equipment to exchange data. It
is also referred to as “networking” the equipment.
purpose is to make maximum use of the features offered by the individual
components that make up the system and to present the available data to
the navigator or skipper in optimal form and at a location on the vessel
where it offers most benifits.
The ultimate goal is to make navigating the vessel easier, more
reliable and thus safer. On racing sailboats, the emphasis is on presenting
data for sailtrim and tactics in an optimal way. Marine electronics
integration is not reserved for super yachts or commercial vessels. Even
on the smallest pleasurecraft today equipment can be integrated for
creating a better, more intelligent system, that will give the
discerning boat owner great satisfaction.
In setting up an integrated system some important aspects often do not receive the attention they deserve:
multiplexers provide the solution for all of the system integration
requirements mentioned above. Besides its primary function of combining
data streams from different sources, it has automatic data switching
capabilities and can filter out redundant data. Since its introduction in
2002, the Brookhouse multiplexer has become the central building block in
many integrated systems on all types of vessels.