Ships of all sizes have a myriad of equipment, which all needs to be synchronised if the vessel is to perform efficiently. Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia, is demonstrating its new integrated systems for platform control and management (IPMS), called ‘Complex’ (Control and Monitoring of Platforms, Extensible) in Hangar 1, Stand E1.
Complex is a group of elements – hardware and software – that allow the crew to control and monitor all the equipment on a ship. An open architecture provides for the integration of all types of additional subsystems and their specific software so that they can all function under the same operative system. It provides a high level of automation, which allows smaller crews to sail a ship safely. It optimises the organisation and presentation of information (propulsion, powerplant, auxiliaries and damage control) and helps the crew to make the best decisions.
Complex is modular and extensible and includes many advanced functions, such as monitoring and warning, control of all systems, automatic, security and damage control functions and condition-based maintenance, among a host of others.
The new IPMS offers great savings in purchasing, installation and maintenance costs and can be installed in any type of platform from patrol vessels to aircraft carriers. The Navantia IPMS system has evolved over time in complexity and performance and is installed in more than 90 ships covering a wide range of platforms.