Avit: infrastructures for the offshore and maritime sector
The same goes for the offshore and maritime sector as for production environments on the mainland: the potential and the complexity of the IT are increasing, the availability requirements are enormous, flexibility and future-proof solutions are basic conditions and cost-efficiency is crucial in a highly competitive context.
However, this sector presents other challenges as well. Working under gruelling conditions far removed from the civilised world requires a lot from technology and people. It calls for a specialist approach to the network architecture and supportive services.
From super yachts to construction vessels and offshore platforms
As a network integrator, Avit specialises in IT solutions for business-critical environments. Our engineers have the highest certifications on the market. On top of that, they have maritime certifications that let them work on ships and offshore platforms. We once began by working on the design of super yachts. In recent years, we have provided network architectures for the refits and new development of a large number of platforms and special vessels, such as Deepwater Construction Vessels (including Heerema’s Thialf, the largest construction ship in the world), Pipelay Support and Diving Support Vessels and Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels.
Fully integrated IP infrastructures
In these business-critical environments, we design, develop, manage and maintain versatile infrastructures based around IP technology. Fully redundant, with total integration of wireless, mobility, security (including CCTV) and infotainment (with an eye for crew welfare). We apply the full width of our services, only now at sea. We devote special attention to bandwidth, both on ships and platforms where data streams are rapidly growing in size, but also for connections to the mainland. To facilitate this, we make use of technology that lets us boost the performance of satellite WANs to the highest possible level and safeguard connection to onshore offices.
Linking onshore and offshore
All applied technologies make use of the same standardised network protocols. The IP network offers a high level of flexibility, which means new functionalities can be added quickly and easily. Standardisation also leads to considerable cost reductions in terms of maintenance and (remote) management, in addition to cutting down on rack space, energy consumption and cabling.
Furthermore, the connection with onshore systems can be improved to better bridge the gap between onshore and offshore. Our knowledge of the latest technologies from leading suppliers allows us to create room for future improvements, e.g. the application of data storage and Big Data analytics.