ECDIS Kernel SDK, ENC Production Tools & ECS Software
Developing professional maritime chart display applications,
Digital nautical chart production, maintenance and management, and
Applications such as inland navigation, portable pilot units, and naval patrol boats.
For many years Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) with SevenCs pilot information systems have been successfully used by a large number of pilot organisations. As a result of this successful collaboration SevenCs has developed a brand new system, called ORCA Pilot G2. It includes the typical functions of a navigation system for touchscreen operation, where own ship and AIS targets are displayed on a background of tailor-made electronic charts – dense bathymetric, port or large scale ENCs. The customised ENC layers are associated with the following features of the PPU software:
• use of large-scale zoom range
• precise distance information
• use of docking mode
• presentation of detailed depth information
• display of available water depths in potential avoidance areas
• display of depth information, including the actual water level
• Integration of web based water level corrections (pegelonline)
• display of additional information
Portsmouth International Port Pilots have been using the SevenCs PPU software since 2012. Ben McInnes, Deputy Harbour Master, comments: “We have received the bENC file and are using it on the PPUs. It really is great to have the additional sounding data and details. The captains onboard do appreciate the additional information that is not available on their own charts, but well displayed on the PPU. We are very pleased! Thanks for all your help on this.”
Many features that constitute the total potential of PPU software simply would not be possible without the implementation of customized highly detailed electronic charts.
SevenCs is proud to announce the launch of the new version of its ECS product series. ORCA Master is one of the most commonly used ECS. It is utilized by professional navigators, workboats and hydrographic offices worldwide.
The new ORCA Master G2 has been optimized for touchscreen usability, but still supports traditional input methods with keyboard and trackball.
Developed by professional navigators for professional navigators, ORCA Master G2 is as easy and intuitive as possible and at the same time provides a high level of automation, reducing user interaction to the minimum.
The software was developed to meet the latest standards for ECDIS type approval, so all features required for safe and comfortable navigation at a professional level are included.
Stephan Rekop (professional workboat operator) says: “With my ships I do not need a full-blown ECDIS, but I would like to benefit from modern technology and use official ENCs. When I saw the new ORCA Master G2 for the first time I was impressed by the ease of use and the clever features available”.
Loading charts and permits appears to be a difficult and time-consuming exercise with most navigation systems. With ORCA Master G2 loading and updating charts just takes a single tap without having to shut down the navigation mode.
This new product can be provided as software only, or in a package together with IEC conform hardware and type approval for OEM customers.
Interested readers may watch the new software in action at the SevenCs’ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjVVybwDXy_bPfzL6R8pqrA
The new ENC Designer 4.6.2 has been released in November 2014. It comes with improved functionality to highlight the new validation categories that were introduced in the brand new Edition 5.0.0. of S-58.
Like ENC Analyzer ENC Designer now uses different font colours to reflect the different severity levels (critical – red, error – brick red, warnings – blue) of the validation log messages as depicted in the image below. This makes it easy for users to quickly identify errors that are categorized as critical.
The IHO is in the process of introducing a mandatory minimum check standard for ENCs. The idea of the new severity schema of S-58 is to highlight such errors that would make an ENC unusable in ECDIS. Currently the IHO is waiting until producers will be able to meet the new check standard before releasing a new edition of S-58.
We are happy to announce that SevenCs and L-3 Oceania ENC validation tools are fully compliant with the new IHO S-58 standard already and are proud that we can provide you with the appropriate tools to help you assure that your ENCs meet the minimum check standard for new and updated ENC data.
L-3 Oceania is a leading provider of maritime systems and solutions in the surface, undersea, geospatial and network centric spheres of operation for both defence and commercial applications. L-3 Oceania promotes a sophisticated level of customer support and prides itself on its people and the pursuit of excellence in delivering complex programs for the high-technology undersea, defence and geospatial domains and is proud to be an Australia-based company.