Raytheon Anschütz: Designing the superyacht bridge

- Integrated bridge systems (IBS) for superyachts have significantly improved in recent years -

Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, has been at the front of that innovation by designing professional navigation systems that are both compliant with strict International Maritime Organization regulations and full of technological advances focused on the user experience.

 

The IBS from Raytheon Anschütz allow crews to operate safely in high comfort. Meanwhile, guests can experience the wheelhouse, a sort of appealing living room peppered with innovative technology that fulfills demands from owners and interior designers regarding attractive wheelhouse surroundings. Combined, this all makes the superyacht bridge a comfortable public area covering only indispensable navigation and control devices.

Raytheon Anschütz’s focus on technology, ergonomics and attractive wheelhouse design has led to the following superyacht IBS innovations:

  •  Modern bridge network architecture, with all devices on the bridge becoming network participants and enabling their data to LAN, instead of being inhomogeneous or proprietary bridge systems
  • Consistent use and designation of sensor data and targets at any console on the bridge with standardized, human-centered presentation through customized applications for navigation
  • Bridge applications loaded with smart functions to support voyage management, collision avoidance or area surveillance; or systems can integrate original equipment manufacturer software or workstations, such as automation systems, sonars, dynamic positioning systems or camera systems (for example, by using a digital KVM system)
  • Computers and other hardware can be installed in 19-inch racks within a separate technical room; on the bridge it just needs to have the multifunctional displays with few indispensable devices for indication and control

This modern bridge network architecture, in combination with the 19-inch racks, is an efficient approach that enables lean, space-saving and ergonomic bridge arrangements, as well as a high degree of customization.

Modular foil panels support a seamless and clean design, providing a common look and feel for hardware controls such as rudder steering, the DP system and the main engine. Other hardware controls for devices such as window wipers, air horns, search lights, thrusters or pumps can be transformed to software, hosted on 12.1-inch panel PCs and designed with the same user interfaces of the existing navigational applications.

This modern superyacht bridge brings also other technological advantages: the actual number of devices on the bridge is significantly reduced, and adaptations or upgrades to new capabilities is fairly easy and available by customer request.

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