Blue Spider Sentinel™

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The Sentinel™ web front end provides a secure means of controlling and configuring data collection on each of your offshore assests.

Product Description

Blue Spider Sentinel™ is based on the data logger but is pre-configured for collection of AIS data from a fixed offshore platform rather than onboard a vessel. The data is not only collected but is also uploaded and made immediately available to authorised users anywhere in the world. Sentinel is designed to securely acquire and record AIS data for long periods of time. Typically for a duration of five years. It is designed for completely unattended operation so that configuration changes, diagnostics and software updates can be securely performed by remote control without the need for engineer visits.

Collected data is recorded securely in the cloud and is transferred using high compression and minimal bandwidth usage. Received data is automatically archived in an efficient database system designed for management of big data. Data acquisition with centralised access is invaluable for speedy decision making, preventative maintenance and analysis of cost reduction strategies, making this system the perfect solution to compliance with your current and future policy objectives.

Our simple pricing plan means that use of the system is inexpensive and easily budgeted. The annual license covers use of the data logger, the web front end, automated data transfers, bulk storage and report generation - all for a single flat rate.

On the platform the system is designed and pre-configured for collection of AIS data only but it is also possible to include other data as well with a little extra configuration and depending on bulk data size perhaps additional storange costs. If you have anything a little unusual in mind then we would love to hear from you..

The web management system may be configured to automatically forward collected data to your own servers, using a variety of means such as FTP, SFTP, email or database replication. Alerts can be configured and notifications sent via email or instant messaging. Users of the Cloudbase system can be assigned fine-grained permissions in order to restrict access to specific sites, system configuration or even to particular categories of data.

The Data Logger is designed to run continuously and unattended, requiring no operator intervention or logged on user, and will restart automatically after a complete power failure. The Cloud Gateway software which is included in the package underpins the transfer of collected data back to the web management system and runs on the ship as a service process along side the data logger which is also a service process. The Gateway provides the primary means for accessing the data logger remotely and facilitates remote configuration diagnostics and maintenance. The Gateway, in another role, also runs on the web server and here it deals with processing of incoming data and automated transfer to other systems. In the event of power failure the system will automatically resume data collection as soon as power is restored. In the unlikely event that the data logger software should ever crash then it will automatically restart and report diagnostic information which helps us to quickly investigate and fix any issues discovered by this means.

The Sentinel system is primarily used to monitor vessels that may encroach or approach an un-manned offshore sub-station or other asset. The software can display or transmit alerts to the asset Owner or the O&M providers and store records of all vessels entering set exclusion zone(s). Monitoring all traffic around the assets provides site specific data which can provide some useful benefits when assessing cable integrity, for example export or array cable threats and risks from anchors or fishing activity. Should an export or array cable fail then an early check could be to determine if there was any external aggression that may have contributed to the failure. The historic tracks of vessels operating or moving within the windfarm can easily be replayed and analysed as part of the fault investigation process.