With often over 200 alarms installed on todays ships, the risk of information overload is real. TELEMAS tool can track and manage alarms by taking input from the various computers and alarms on board and presenting them to the crew in a uniform and structured way.
With funding from the IST programme TELEMAS developed a middleware tool called Umbrella. "It brings together information from various data sources on board. For instance, you might have a cruise vessel that has over 1,000 gas and fire detectors installed, organised into various zones," says TELEMAS project manager Karsten Bruns-Schüler of ISSUS, at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
"The problem is that there are no two ships the same," adds Schüler. "When crew first come on board, its often the case that they have only a few hours to familiarise themselves with the ship before the set off. The chances are that they will find it difficult to locate particular menus on the various support computers and will have had only a brief introduction to the main systems."
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