Nov 9, 2023 | Marine electronics & digitalisation news

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has partnered with fellow Japanese company Surfwave to bring the SurfGate cloud communication and power-saving gateway router to the maritime market.

The SurfGate router is an IoT (Internet of Things) gateway that is compatible with all types of IoT applications. In addition to conventional Ethernet, RS485/232 serial ports, and wireless LAN, it can support EnOcean and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) providing an interface for connecting various types of sensors and actuators.

An Internet of Things (IoT) gateway is a key component in an IoT ecosystem that plays a crucial role in connecting IoT devices to the broader network and the cloud. It serves as an intermediary or bridge between IoT devices and the internet, enabling efficient data transfer and communication.

The SurfGate IoT gateway can be integrated into EMP’s Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) architecture for use onboard ships or used for other applications to enable additional sensor and data inputs to be connected as well as being used as part of a ship to shore communications link.

Greg Atkinson, President and CTO, Eco Marine Power said: “The introduction of the SurfGate IoT gateway will greatly expand the range of sensors and automation features that we can offer as part of our ship-based data management and automation systems plus paves the way for developing simplified and secure ship to shore data communications.”

The first project to use the SurfGate IoT gateway has just been initiated and it is planned to use it onboard a Panamax bulk cargo ship as part of an ongoing ship performance data management system development project.

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