From Connessioni Magazine, November 2014
Usually, when we write about integration systems in yachting, we normally refer to great and important motor-boats that are ultra-equipped to provide the most comfortable and luxurious sailing.
Sparks (built by Italia Yachts – Ed), however, was born with the aim of overcoming such misconceptions by offering the market something new and ultra-efficient that would be a suitable size and price for a smaller, yet technologically advanced, boat. To do this, some of the best technologies on the market were selected and geared towards specific goals.
HSYCO, which deals with technological control systems, energy management and supervision had in mind the desires of a ship-owner when they sought to create a safe and easy-to-use device. They wanted a vessel as energy independent as possible, small in size and light in weight, that could manage all on-board and remote control functions from a single interface (PCs, Smartphones or other mobile devices).
[…] The HSYCO supervision system is installed for automation requirements. This was created with a control of web-based, fully integrated interface graphics that can be used locally or remotely. The system manages lighting, video surveillance, voice synthesis (it’s able to send messages to multilingual alarms, warnings, and confirmations to entry systems), navigation data (speed, heading, and distance) and is able to record anchor drift, energy consumption, solar panel production all with its 4G input/output.
Thanks to HSYCO, there is always a way to save energy. Scenarios are automatically activated when a low battery charge is registered. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of these measures, when we visited Sparks during the Genoa Boat Show, this was the only boat not connected to the electricity grid in the dock.
A system, especially if used in high seas, must ensure a high degree of safety and reliability; for this reason systems are designed to ensure redundancy and allow one to record your browsing data even when the instrument is turned off.
Axis Communications, the Swedish manufacturer that supplied the network cameras to the Sparks sailboat, also made a case study dedicated to this project, you can read it here:
Did you know that HSYCO can also manage the integrated control of the different systems of a boat? Ask us how!