As refit season approaches you may be reviewing your yacht’s existing security hardware and systems.
Security products have developed significantly in recent years, with threats posed to superyachts and their owners evolving also. Fortunately advances in technology now provide longer-range, automated and better-integrated systems, reducing false alarms, aiding decision making and ultimately cutting down on the extra security related workload for the crew.
If you are considering upgrading your security capability around the yacht, our guide on how technology has developed and what to consider will support your decision process.
How has technology changed?
Hardware has improved significantly in terms of performance, installation, operation and integration potential. For example, camera systems have switched from analog to IP with the benefit of ever higher resolution, smaller form factor, plus ease of installation and reduced maintenance.
Dedicated radars for the detection of small surface craft, plus monitoring and detection of drones for privacy protection, are increasingly being requested for superyachts. Man-overboard and climber detection are achieved using self-contained sensor pods for improved perimeter security in the immediate vicinity of a vessel.
Underwater collision avoidance sonars finally reached a mature and reliable technology level and provide a dual purpose as navigation aid underway and as diver intrusion detection system while stationary.
Advanced software integrates traditionally standalone sensors into a complete 360 degree air, surface and underwater security system. Software can now intelligently rank objects and approaches around a yacht by pre-defined threat levels to minimise false alarms and smartly alert crew to avoid false alarms.
Most obviously, systems have become much more user-friendly. Intuitive touch screen command and control interfaces vastly improve usability for crew and security teams. Mobile tablets, smartphones and smart glasses also present secure and up to date information to users on the move.