Kelvin Hughes


New VDR System at SMM

New VDR System from Kelvin Hughes meets the new 2014 standards and boasts many innovative features. Visit the Kelvin Hughes stand - Hall B6 Booth 222.

Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) enable accident investigators to review events in the moments before an incident and help identify the cause of any accident. From 1st July 2014, all VDRs installed must comply with the new standard as set out in resolution MSC.333(90) and IEC61996-1 Ed 2.0.

Kelvin Hughes’ new X-VDR not only meets these stricter regulations, it also offers more flexibility, functionality and features. Representatives from Kelvin Hughes will be on hand to provide further information about the X-VDR on the company’s stand (B6/222) at SMM 2014 being held in Hamburg, Germany from September 9th to 12th.

In line with the new Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) resolution, the X-VDR has both a fixed and float free capsule, each capable of holding a minimum of 48 hours of voyage data, as well as a long term storage medium which will record 30 days of data before overwriting the oldest record. The recording of ECDIS and a second radar is enabled via an Ethernet connection along with the ability to interface for data download via the high resolution, touch screen, bridge-mounted console display.

The X-VDR system comprises a Main Electronic Unit (MEU) which features a compact and innovative cable gland design with specialised cable entries for installing VGA, video, power and capsule cables directly into the VDR, enabling customisation for individual vessels. The MEU also contains an easy “swap out” OS drive as its long-term storage medium.

In addition, the X-VDR features 10 individual channels, allowing up to 16 microphones, and 4 VHF inputs.

Recorded data can be easily downloaded and viewed on-board, with a PC or laptop using the X-VDR replay software, and sent ashore for further analysis as required. Operators can select any data and/or time frame for hi-speed download using the built-in USB 3.0 output.

The X-VDR also incorporates a continuous ‘health check’ system, that will raise an alert if a fault exists, and comes with a 2 year warranty as standard backed by a global service and support network.

Kelvin Hughes Sales and Marketing Director, Spike Hughes commented:
“We are pleased to be offering a completely new system meeting the new MSC requirements for VDRs. With this system effectively having an open architecture, it not only meets today’s standards but can also accommodate future upgrades and expansion whether driven by the needs of the ship operator or by any further amendments to the regulations introduced by the MSC.”

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