Vessel System Control & Automation
EmpirBus Digital Switching for Raymarine brings all of the power and convenience of advanced home automation to your boat. Digital Switching allows you to control onboard electrical and electronic systems like lighting, air-conditioning, navigation lights, wipers, horns, entertainment systems, security systems and much more from your network-connected chartplotter display, smartphone or tablet.
EmpirBus Digital Switching for Raymarine replaces the standard mechanical circuit breakers and switches with a state-of-the-art digital power distribution. This system not only offers convenience and ease-of-use, it also delivers on the promise of seamless, reliable operation as well as simple and cost effective installation.
The diagram below shows a selection of the items you could control using EmpirBus Digital Switching.
Instead of bulky and expensive switch panels, the EmpirBus Digital Switching system uses rugged and compact Digital Circuit Control Modules (CCMs). Each CCM supports multiple circuits that are customised to meet the exact needs of the equipment being controlled.
Each CCM connects to the vessel's existing NMEA2000 network backbone enabling it to communicate with the other CCMs and Charplotters onboard. This flexible network architecture enables the CCMs to be mounted nearby to the equipment they are controlling. This significantly cuts down on the amount of cabling required to be installed onboard the vessel.
This benefits the boat builder and owner by creating a system that is simpler to install and troubleshoot than traditionally switched systems. Significant cost savings can easily be realised due to faster installation and reduced amount of cable required to wire the vessel's systems.
In addition to wired controls, the EmpirBus Digital Switching system also supports ENOcean wireless, energy harvesting switches and sensors. Completely freed from the constraints of wires, ENOcean wireless devices bring a whole new level of freedom and flexibility to yacht system design.
Raymarine's Digital Switching experts will work with the boat builder or shipyard to determine which inboard devices are suitable for Digital Switching Control, and where those items will be controlled from. A detailed list of equipment and their individual power requirements will be generated into a channel list that will be used to design the overall system.
Next, Raymarine's experts will match that list of requirements and channels up to the best combination of specific CCMs and accessories.
Finally, the customised touchscreen user-interface will be designed and uploaded into the vessel's Multifunction Display. CCMs, accessories and ENOcean components will then be rigorously tested to ensure the system is performing as-intended.
If you are a boat builder or system integrator working with a boat builder, and want to learn how to create a Raymarine Digital Switching solution, contact us today.