Marine Aids to Navigation play a critical role in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of vessels in and around waterways. The co-ordination of the maritime domain, particularly in ports, harbours and high traffic channels, is enhanced with access to real time data. Failure to action can result in collision or grounding of vessels, damage to marine ecosystems and/or risk to human life.
Electronic monitoring and control has been around a number of years and each serves a purpose for different reasons:
GSM monitoring and control utilises the mobile network to connect wirelessly to the Aid to Navigation, and a user portal to obtain feedback on the status of the asset. This technology is based on the Short Message Service (SMS), and is subject to the coverage and performance of the local mobile network. Users can access lantern information with some control functionality.
AIS utilises the VHF network with a line of sight range, using Type 1 and Type 3 units, to broadcast crucial Message 21 information to mariners. AIS overcomes language barriers and provides up to date information that can be used in conjunction with navigational chart information. It also allows some control functionality including changing a lantern flash character, ON/OFF activation and intensity setting adjustments.
GPS Synchronisation enables multiple lanterns positioned in a set area to flash in synchronisation using the GPS network. A leap in technology at the time, it provides mariners with an enhanced situational awareness with a clear line of sight and a visual course for entry; now a standard feature in AtoN products.
Bluetooth technology exchanges data over short distances using short wave UHF radio waves from fixed and mobile devices accessible via an App. When fitted to a lantern maintenance staff can safely monitor and control assets, by connecting remotely to check the operating performance of the lantern, battery life and log maintenance notes without having to physically access the AtoN.
Satellite – The Future of Monitoring and Control
Two-way Satellite Connectivity is now available with the introduction of the new Sealite SL-C510 Compact Marine Lantern. A new era of AtoN monitoring and control, this newly released range incorporates all of the above functionality, but in addition offers full global coverage in real-time anywhere, anytime.
It is the first small form factor 5-9NM lantern in the mid-range space incorporating two-way global satellite technology, OLED display, Bluetooth® connectivity and exclusive monitoring, control and reporting options. In addition, the SL-C510 is backed by Iridium®, the Low Earth Orbit global satellite network, accessible via the Star2M® portal, and offers genuine pole-to-pole coverage.
The perfect communication partner for Sealite, this new technology provides the answer for customers looking for two-way real time data that is both seamless to access and at a relatively low cost to maintain.
Find out more about the SL-C510 by visiting the product page on our website.
As one of your new distributors (Belize and Honduras, Waller Marine Belize LTD), I would like to express my congratulations to you and your people in providing reliable, dependable and inexpensive products. Formerly we were distributors for a Canadian made product but these were found to be too expensive for the market and also offered only difficult and complicated programming. Our first order of lights from you (SL15 ™S) took only four days to arrive from Aussie Land, when I opened the box they were still flashing. I tested a SL60 (white) for four days (steady on) before it required a recharge…remarkable. I will be placing another order with Dana shortly keep up the good work.
-Capt Andy Suddes
We choose to sell Sealite … this is a long story, well we treat Sealite as our own and the relationship we have developed with Jeff and Chris and their attitude and commitment towards growing Sealite to this stage is remarkable. We feel at home when talking to them and the staff of Sealite and this in turn gives us more security and strength in selling products in India.
-Aliasgar E Patrawala
I just wanted to say thank you for the light and bracket Sealite supplied to Birkenhead Marina. As the other lights (old ones) need new batteries I will be replacing them with new lights from Sealite and the same brackets that you supplied with the light we received last week … Your product is excellent and the system of setting the light is good also. Thanks again for all your trouble.