Furuno has presented its new VideoWall, which could be one of the biggest steps forward in bridge design in recent times. This is an exceptionally large display that can be configured as required to show all the information the operator could want to see.
The setup of the VideoWall is managed from the skipper’s workstation via a PC that can be placed at any suitable position on board. A number of different compositions can be complied, depending on the ship’s role at any particular moment. These include setups for steaming, searching for marks, fishing, or personalised settings for ship’s officers.
Standard operations on the VideoWall are done with a trackball and from a small touchscreen panel.These controls can be placed on a suitable place, usually within reach of the navigator’s chair. From here the operator can easily choose among the pre-designed personal setups.
The use of each of the applications in the setup, such as plottting targets on the radar or changing range scales on the sonar, can be done from a simple trackball placed on the arm rest.
The display consists of one or more large displays. A typical setup is four specially designed 55 inch screens, put together into a single display.
The result is an wide range of display possibilities, much bigger than traditional bridge configurations that typically use a large number of 22 or 24 inch displays. Even though the VideoWall is a large installation, it still represents a significant space saving compared to conventional setups.
The VideoWall will be demonstrated at DanFish in October, where Furuno Demark will be found in its usual place in Hall A. In addition to the VideoWall, Furuno Denmark will be demonstrating TimeZero navigation software from MaxSea, the latest WASSP multibeam sounder, Furuno’s latest sonars and sounders, and its communications products.