01 December 2022
AV/IT and systems specialist Videoworks presented a series of technologies during the METSTRADE exhibition in November at Amsterdam RAI that speak to the changing demands of yacht owners, ranging from more complete internet coverage at sea to AI systems that can improve energy efficiency on board through smart zoning.
Alongside Kerry Pettitt, Key Account Manager of the Superyacht Division of Speedcast, and Celeste Endrino-Cowley, Director, Maritime and Energy of OneWeb, Videoworks CTO Maurizio Minossi presented the first experiences and opportunities that low earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet connections have provided offshore.
Fast internet connections are becoming more in demand by yacht owners, not only for the opportunity to improve connectivity (which can also mean more reliable link-ups with shore for elements such as running a business from the boat) but also for the increasing desire to use streaming services while on board, for example to be able to enjoy films in high resolution.
Videoworks’ partnership with OneWeb and Speedcast has enabled them to offer guaranteed continuous, efficient and fast connection at up to five times higher speeds than current systems, with service even in open water that is similar to 5G along the coast.
During a press conference at METSTRADE the company also announced a partnership with Intellian for the distribution of Dome antennas for VSAT LEO and GEO, but also for Satellite TV. This allows Videoworks to provide a 360° service for all on-board data connection needs.
“The development of LEO satellites will radically change the onboard audio-visual experience,” Minossi explained. “Videoworks is ready for this new scenario, having invested in partnership and expertise in the selection of the right LEO providers, SD-WAN reception technologies and the management of streaming service georeferencing.
“Our aim is to be a single, competent partner for our customers, from satellite to TV remote control in the hands of the owner and their guests.”
Videoworks also showed a number of other advances in hardware and systems, including an upgrade to its Pop-Up Speakers, which were available for test on their stand. The new speakers feature a different fastening system with no visible screws. The retractable speakers are perfect for use outside thanks to waterproof technology, and for interiors where the aesthetics of a speaker might not be desired. The speakers can also be customised in both materials and colour.
The company also showed off its new ETO Panel, a technological suite usable from any workstation – PC or tablet with local or remote connection – that unifies the controls of onboard Videoworks systems in a single panel enabling control or monitoring.
Finally, also on show was the MYInfo 3.0 system which had been debuted at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. With a simple user interface inspired by the most popular streaming services, the system integrates the control of infotainment, home automation and on-board CCTV, while offering fully customisable access for each device. Videoworks also highlighted its use of presence sensors and energy metres as the foundations of its intelligent system that profiles the habits and needs of owner and guests and adjusts the environment to the different lifestyles of the people on board.
To ensure the utmost privacy, Videoworks uses Bluetooth LE sensors and technology permitting identification of people via smartphone or bracelets, and without using cameras.
The potential of artificial intelligence does not stop at these two important features, but also achieves significant energy savings, thanks to the optimisation of the use of lights, the temperature of the rooms, the air conditioning and all the other equipment onboard.