British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is set to install Synectics solutions onboard the marine ice-class royal research ship (RRS) James Clark Ross, for increased surveillance awareness.
BAS is an environmental research body responsible for the UK’s scientific activities in Antarctica.
Synectics’ camera and monitoring solutions will help the RRS James Clark Ross to safeguard its crew, science teams and research technology, as well as safely navigating into busy ports.
The ship will be equipped with a combination of Synectics’ COEX C2000 fixed and PTZ camera stations to track all real-time activities on deck and at sea.
BAS Shipping head Randolph Sliester said: “The cameras, chosen specifically for their capacity for high-quality image capture in extreme temperature, visibility and weather conditions, make complete situational awareness possible.
“The bridge benefits from real-time audio and visual information regarding the positions and activities of the deck crew, science team and testing equipment, while also being able to detect ice hazards and guarantee safe navigation.”
RRS James Clark Ross can sail through 1m-thick pack ice at -30ºC and navigate in 100k winds, even under poor visibility conditions.
The vessel is designed to conduct biological, oceanographic and geophysical research, and was recently involved in studies on the impacts of climate change on the Pine Island Glacier.
Image: The BAS ship RRS James Clark Ross. Photo: courtesy of User Tom L-C.