Cefas approached the market seeking a supplier of high-end computer platforms to run their 3D sonar mapping system on board the Cefas Endeavour, for which Amplicon were chosen.
Amplicon were also asked to supply products to upgrade ageing KVM over IP hardware which enabled information to be shared and controlled between the labs.
The Amplicon engineering team designed a solution to provide Cefas with Ventrix 4004 Industrial PCs with a redundant RAID array on the hard disk drives, multiple serial, firewire, USB and video outputs, and a future proofed OS license for Windows Vista running in a Windows XP environment.
The Ventrix 4000 series is ideal for this type of high expansion and high power application. The quantity and variety of expansion ports needed were part of the systems primary function as a Sonar mapping computer, with built in data redundancy highlighting its mission critical nature.
The KVM requirement was addressed by replacing 50% of the units with a newer model, X50 USB allowing them to take advantage of USB connectivity around the vessel.
Further system improvements were delivered by supplying replacement X-DV/T & X-KVM/R units for the older units. In order to design a suitable solution to meet the customer’s application, Amplicon worked with several different engineers involved with the project, so clarity of information was paramount. This was not an easy task as the Cefas requirement for the vessel was continually evolving to meet new scientific criteria.