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June 14, 2022

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Protecting boats with onboard security systems

We hear from Ajax Systems to understand how the company has worked with Marine Energy Systems to protect boats with onboard security systems.

Marine Energy Systems (MES) are focused on delivering silent, non-polluting, and renewable sources of power into the marine sector. Protecting the boats with onboard security systems that are easily integrated into a vessel’s electric system, however, can be a challenge.

Ajax-SecurityBoat-22Regardless of the vessel size, owners have to choose between spending over £5,000 for a specialised system or adapting a car/motorcycle alarm system. The last one is quite a hassle because navigation, key vessel indicators, controls, and security are expected to be accessible on a digital dashboard and smartphone at all times, explains Ajax.

MES came up with a request to supply boats with a security system which is compatible with the yachts’ onboard software. The system should:

  • support cellular connectivity
  • have a mobile app to report alerts
  • be straightforward to install
  • look slick to fit luxury interiors

Ajax Security Systems provided a solution integrated via a proprietary API with wireless detectors that fit both luxury yachts interiors and tight budgets.

All detectors are equipped with SmartBracket panels — there is no need to disassemble the enclosure. To connect a detector to the system, an engineer scans a QR code with the Ajax app, and the device is ready for configuring. The system parameters and detector configuration can be done from desktop or mobile apps.

Battery power became another practical aspect. Wireless devices do not require a power supply from a vessel at all. In turn, Ajax control panels — hubs — can be connected to the onboard electricity via the 6V power supply unit. Backup batteries and low power consumption ensure long-lasting protection with no additional maintenance. Depending on the model, hubs support 2G/3G/4G SIM cards and Wi-Fi, which is said to provide stable connectivity.

To integrate security system management with vessel software, Ajax provides engineers with the Enterprise API. This API allows to display the security information as it is available in the Ajax apps:

  • System settings and devices configuration
  • Security groups information
  • System users and their permissions
  • Event feed
  • Security modes
  • Power supply statuses
  • Surveillance cameras streams

Lee Smith, Operations Manager at Marine Energy Systems, concluded: “I see a huge opportunity here. We work with various shipyards building leisure, commercial, service vessels — and all of them need some security solution. Having 25 years of experience in the boating industry, I think Ajax is a big leap forward, allowing us to build complex systems that will serve our customers all over the world.”

 

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