Wärtsilä Voyage has launched its Intelligent Panoramic Camera System (SPECS), which has been designed to improve maritime safety by providing 360-degree situational awareness, broadcast directly to the deck in real time.

In addition to eliminating blind spots with digital panoramic cameras located around the vessel, SPECS can also provide a bird’s eye view of the vessel and its surroundings, which is a significant advantage when docking. The system’s cameras provide a calibrated distance grid around the vessel to give accurate measurement of distances. Additionally, it offers an augmented reality view by connecting to the navigation system to help identify potential targets and hazards.

“Security is a growing concern in today’s maritime environment. Ships have become larger and larger and the volume of maritime traffic is greater than ever. With SPECS, the bridge crew has a perfect view of what is happening around the vessel at all times. This takes situational awareness to a whole new level and greatly reduces the risk of accidents and costly damage,” said Sasha Heriot, Product Manager, Assistance Systems, Wärtsilä Voyage.

By providing a complete view, eliminating blind spots, the SPECS system solves challenges such as spotting small vessels, monitoring tug operations or the potential inaccuracies of manual mooring. By eliminating this uncertainty, SPECS reduces risk both in busy ports and in confined waters.

Multiple display and workstation options come with a dedicated hardware-optimized software package. The camera modules are designed to cope with the harshest marine conditions, and the system is not dependent on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

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