Bluetracker is a data integration and remote telemetry system for maritime applications.
It collects ship operational data from different sources on board of the vessels, integrates this data in a common database and optionally transfers the data ashore to a centralized Bluetracker shore infrastructure.
The vessel owner and other third party users can access the data in order to supervise, analyze and assist for a safe and economic ship operation.
INTERSCHALT can interface to other ship system via standard industrial protocols and also by proprietary protocols, which are specified between INTERSCHALT and the maker of the respective system.
Further Bluetracker offers an open and documented collector interface on board the vessels, which can be used to push data into the system.
The data, collected from different sources and recorded for a long time, allows the user to derive deeper knowledge about the operations of ships.
Possible applications are (depending on the included data sources):
The so-called Bluetracker on Board Server (BoBS) is installed on board the ship. It is connected to the technical ship systems in questions via Ethernet. Depending on the data exchange interface, additional converters will be used (e.g. serial NMEA to Ethernet converter).
Within the BOBS, a software component called Data Collector will collect the samples in a defined data format and store the data in a database. For each connected system, a software component called Data Connector will query the data from the system in question. The aforementioned component knows the details of the data exchange interface with the respective system and normalizes the data to the common collector format. These components act as a translator between the system component and the Data Collector.
Optionally, the BOBS can be connected to the vessel’s communication system and can transfer the data ashore on a regular basis (e.g. every 15 minutes) if a link is available. The receiving party on the shore side is the so-called Bluetracker on Shore Server (BoSS). The users of the system can access the data via web application. Optionally, the BoBS can also act as a web server, which allows users on board to access the recorded data (see figure below).