The maritime industry relies on KVM technology for a range of applications—from the engine room to the wheelhouse. Given the unique challenges of operating in a marine environment, ensuring the security, quality and reliability of mission-critical navigation and communication systems is essential. The international standard IEC 60945 certifies that equipment has passed stringent tests on security, the operating environment and electromagnetic compatibility. Ultimately, IEC 60945 determines what equipment can be installed on a ship or bridge area. Choosing products that are pre-certified can help you stay compliant.
KVM for maritime applications
Vessels that use KVM technology include personal watercrafts, military vessels, dredgers, luxury cruise liners and sea freight containers. Regardless of the type of craft, KVM matrix switches can operate hundreds of computers over one or more consoles. KVM Multiview enables simultaneous monitoring and management of multiple computers.
KVM technology can optimize IT installations, monitoring and control—both on shore and off. Applications include control rooms as well as accessing radar and GPS systems on multiple bridge control stations. KVM extension solutions also link technical equipment rooms to bridges, and they can manage control processes.
Certain high-performance KVM products are pre-certified and allow maritime engineers to remain compliant with the IEC standard. These six are available from Black Box:
- ACXMODH6BPAC-R2, ACXMODH2R-P-R2
-Both support a variety of power supply options with a chassis that can hold up to six DKM modular cards.
- ACX1MT-DHID-C and ACX1MT-DHID-2C: DVI-D, USB HID, CATx Transmitter and Receiver
-Both can be installed in the DKM modular housing chassis.
- ACXC48: 48-Port Compact DKM Switch
-This switch enables matrix switching and management for DKM extenders.
- KVP4004: Multiviewer KVM Switch
-This switch provides access to up to four CPUs that can be monitored simultaneously in real time.
The IEC 60945 certification is issued only after rigorous testing. For example, among other qualifications, KVM technology must be proven to withstand the vibration, humidity and temperature extremes common in marine environments.
To achieve certification, Black Box helped customers perform their own critical equipment tests in the field to ensure these products meet the demands of their profession. The IEC 60945 accreditation means these tools can be deployed anywhere on a vessel, from the engine room to the technology room and the wheelhouse.
Black Box plans to release additional products that meet IEC 60945 standards in the future.