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2014 Moxa Intel Marine Case Study - Marine Disaster Recovery with Intelligent Systems


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This is a detailed case study authored by Intel, showing how Moxa computers built around high performance Intel x86 chipsets are being used by the internationally acclaimed system integrator Miros AS to build offshore oil spill detection systems. By exploring the technical requirements for the computer controllers and HMIs that sit at the core of oil spill detection systems, this case study shows how the careful engineering and design of Moxa’s marine computers make effective use of Intel chipsets to deliver a reliable, durable, economical core computing system for any marine application.
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2014 Moxa Intel Marine Case Study - Marine Disaster Recovery with Intelligent Systems

  1. 1. Introduction Oil spill contingency plans are essential to minimizing the risk of oil spills in the ocean. The success of these plans depends on accurate, real-time data on the location, size, and movement of a spill and a powerful computing infrastructure that can consolidate and process this data to support monitoring and recovery operations. Moxa manufactures marine-certified embedded and panel computers for the oil and gas industry. Powered by Intel® processors, these compact and rugged marine computers are designed to deliver the superior computing performance, reliability, and power efficiency to ensure stable operation even in extreme marine environments. Challenges Connecting Disparate Devices to a Network Infrastructure Oil spill monitoring and recovery operations utilize remote sensing networks comprised of individual components that collect data in the ocean. Consolidating this sensor data requires a marine computer capable of supporting network communications and the I/O standards used in maritime systems. Powerful Computing Solution for Harsh Environments Demanding maritime applications require computers that can handle the heavy workload of processing large amounts of data in real time. In order to provide dependable operation in harsh ocean environments, the oil and gas industry requires robust, fanless computers built to marine standards. Flexible Integration Vessels require solutions that are easy to integrate into the bridge’s computing infrastructure. They require marine computers that provide computing performance, simple integration, and flexible I/O connectivity in a small form factor. Marine Disaster Recovery with Intelligent Systems Moxa provides marine-certified computers for oil spill detection systems that process real-time data collected from remote sensing networks to enable mission-critical recovery operations. The MC-5150* embedded marine computer (top) and the MPC-2240* marine panel computer (bottom) Case Study Intel® Core™ Processors Ocean Oil Spill Detection System
  2. 2. Solution Marine-Certified Computers for Mission-Critical Operations Moxa’s series of marine computers (MC) and marine panel computers (MPC) deliver the superior computing performance and reliability of Intel® architecture in a compact, fanless form factor that is certified for the challenges of marine operating environments. Supported by Moxa’s service network in more than 70 countries, these solutions are designed to provide dependable operation of Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems worldwide. Collecting Information at Sea: Remote Sensing Networks Remote sensing networks play a vital role in mitigating the impact of oil spills in the ocean. Made up of aerial and local surveillance networks, individual remote sensing components are connected to the network infrastructure to provide real-time data about conditions in the ocean. They collect and process crucial data to help operators in the control center make informed decisions. Moxa’s MC* and MPC* series of Intel processor-based marine computers enable open, standards-based environments that deliver the reliable, energy-efficient operation and powerful computing performance required to capture, catalog, and monitor the data generated by various connected components. Performing Continuous Surveillance Remote sensing networks continuously monitor conditions in the ocean to help oil and gas companies identify possible spills and develop contingency plans. OSD monitoring is conducted by both periodic aerial thermal imaging and visual inspection by airplane, helicopter, and satellite and the continuous surveillance of systems set up on offshore installations and vessels. In addition to alerting operators of potential spills, remote sensing networks provide baseline data for areas of the ocean to identify economically and environmentally important locations and ensure the appropriate recovery infrastructure and equipment are available to manage recovery operations effectively in the event of an oil spill. Managing Efficient Recovery Operations Should an oil spill occur in the ocean, aerial and local surveillance determine the location and extent of the spill. When aerial surveillance is not possible because of poor visibility or limited resources, vessels installed with OSD systems establish a search pattern around the affected area to provide data on the position, area, and drift of the oil spill. The data captured and processed by the OSD system on these vessels helps the control center guide oil recovery vessels and identify the effective placement of mechanical recovery devices to contain the oil spill. Making Sense of Information: Oil Spill Detection System Moxa provides a range of panel and embedded computers for OSD systems that are certified by marine authorities for use in the bridge system of vessels and offshore installations. Moxa MC and MPC series computers are powered by the latest Intel processors, including 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors, to provide the computing performance required to process the enormous amounts of data received in real time. Fanless MC and MPC series marine computers are designed to install easily into vessels’ bridge systems and operate reliably within a wide temperature range “After software testing, followed by a more rigorous system test, we are left with the impression that the Moxa MC-5150- AC/DC will satisfy all customer and product critical requirements.” – Mikael Rydberg, Sales Manager, Miros AS “Moxa has been our long-term strategic partner for over 20 years. They never fail to deliver high- quality solutions with Intel® technologies. We are looking forward to continuing the relationship and delivering unique value propositions in the marine market.” – Gøran Labrå, Project Manager: Marine Markets, Elektronix Com-Scan AS Delivering outstanding performance and reliability with marine computers based on Intel® architecture
  3. 3. in enclosed spaces. These compact computers have no moving parts and feature hardened enclosures and integrated I/O connections. The OSD system captures, consolidates, analyzes, and distributes data from disparate sources within the remote sensing network to support decision- making during recovery operations. This can include data from radar and navigation sensors such as GPS, gyrocompass, anemometer (wind speed sensor), and AIS (automatic identification system)—plus satellite visual and thermal imaging, aerial video and photography, and marine X-band radar data. Staying Ahead of the Competition Moxa set the goal of designing the best ODS computers for the enclosed spaces and harsh conditions of marine environments. By designing the MC and MPC series on Intel architecture within fanless enclosures, and addressing the thermal requirements at the system level rather than looking at thermal requirements of discrete elements, Moxa was able to engineer compact marine computers that run cooler and more reliably without sacrificing computing performance. Powered by the latest Intel Core processor family and featuring the Intel® chipset for the Platform Controller Hub (PCH), and Intel® Solid-State Drives (SSD), Moxa MC and MPC series marine computers provide powerful, energy- efficient computing performance and superior reliability under a wide range of operating temperatures. The MC and MPC series are IEC 60945, DNV, and IACS-E10 certified, making them suitable for use in mission-critical OSD systems. And with the energy- efficient computing performance of Intel processors, Moxa’s MC and MPC marine computers also provide superior reliability. Moxa’s laboratory tests on the MC-5150-AC/DC* marine computer, for example, showed a calculated mean time between failures (MTBF) of up to 220,490 hours. In addition, Moxa backs the MC-5150-AC/DC marine computer with a 3-year warranty. Simplifying Integration To support the amount of data collected and processed in OSD systems, marine computers also need to deliver outstanding I/O performance. Moxa’s MC and MPC series marine computers feature built-in I/O connectivity for flexible integration into bridge systems. For example, the MC-5150-AC/DC marine computer comes equipped with a range of I/O connectivity options that eliminate complexity and the need for external serial converters. This includes: • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports • 2 RS-232/422/485 isolated serial ports • 2 RS-232 ports • 8 NMEA ports • 6 USB 2.0 host ports • Support of dual independent displays via DVI-I and VGA Moxa MC and MPC computers also leverage the fact that the Intel Core processor family merges the I/O controller onto the processor to further reduce network latency. Marine Computing Innovation Winner of the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2014, the Moxa MPC-2240* marine panel computer offers seamless integration into a vessel’s bridge. The MPC-2240 incorporates a high-quality, 24-inch, flat-glass display with wide viewing angles, full-range dimming, and the superior visual clarity of up to 1920x1080 resolution. The large multitouch screen reacts to direct skin contact, through gloves, or a stylus. Like Moxa’s embedded marine computers, the MPC-2240 marine panel computer is certified for marine applications, and it features a rugged and fanless enclosure with an IP22 rating for protection against moisture and dust. Oil Detection RangeOil Spill Detection (OSD) SystemAerial Surveillance• Satelite• Airplane• HelicopterLocalSurveillance• Offshore Installation• VesselsRadarGPSAnemometerGyrocompass
  4. 4. For more information on how Intel is enabling the Internet of Things, visit: and Solution Snapshot Moxa MC* and MPC* series marine computers are based on industry-leading Intel® architecture, offering high-performance computing, energy efficiency, and reliable operation for demanding marine applications and environments. • Unprecedented performance with 3rd and 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors • Integrated I/O connectivity featuring marine-specific NMEA ports, industry-standard USB ports, RS232/422/485 serial ports, and Gigabit Ethernet ports • Careful thermal engineering to run cooler and more reliably under a wide range of operating temperatures—made possible by internal components built on Intel architecture • Compliant with marine standards, including IEC 60945, DNV, and IACS-E10 For more information on Moxa’s marine computers, visit: INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH INTEL® PRODUCTS. NO LICENSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY ESTOPPEL OR OTHERWISE, TO ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IS GRANTED BY THIS DOCUMENT. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN INTEL’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR SUCH PRODUCTS, INTEL ASSUMES NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, AND INTEL DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, RELATING TO SALE AND/OR USE OF INTEL PRODUCTS INCLUDING LIABILITY OR WARRANTIES RELATING TO FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT. UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED IN WRITING BY INTEL, THE INTEL PRODUCTS ARE NOT DESIGNED NOR INTENDED FOR ANY APPLICATION IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE INTEL PRODUCT COULD CREATE A SITUATION WHERE PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH MAY OCCUR. Intel may make changes to specifications and product descriptions at any time, without notice. Designers must not rely on the absence or characteristics of any features or instructions marked “reserved” or “undefined.” Intel reserves these for future definition and shall have no responsibility whatsoever for conflicts or incompatibilities arising from future changes to them. The information here is subject to change without notice. Do not finalize a design with this information The products described in this document may contain design defects or errors known as errata which may cause the product to deviate from published specifications. Current characterized errata are available on request. Contact your local Intel sales office or your distributor to obtain the latest specifications and before placing your product order. Copies of documents which have an order number and are referenced in this document, or other Intel literature, may be obtained by calling 1-800-548-4725, or by visiting Intel’s Web site at © 2014, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel, the Intel logo, and Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Printed in USA 0514/KW/CMD/PDF Please Recycle 330622-001US