ECDIS Kernel SDK, ENC Production Tools & ECS Software
Developing professional maritime chart display applications,
Digital nautical chart production, maintenance and management, and
Applications such as inland navigation, portable pilot units, and naval patrol boats.
The new version of the SevenCs ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards in order to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems. (IEC 61174 Standard edition 4.0; IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0; IHO S-64 Test Standard edition 3.0)
Eric Rottman, Kernel SDK product manager, comments: “A major focus of the release version 5.20 has been laid on detection and indication of danger and caution objects. Now it is specified which objects have to be treated as navigational hazards, areas for which special conditions exist and safety contour related objects.”
- Reflects the revised and new definitions for the chart and mariner’s settings, i.e. display categories, viewing group layers and so-called display selectors.
- Enables the display of the status of a chart of any past time or time interval based on the applied chart updates.
- Lists only those objects in a pick report which are displayed according to the chart settings.
Highlight of the new version is certainly the new stand-alone chart handling tool. The so-called ChartHandler allows for handling large amounts of data and sets a benchmark for chart loading and updating in the industry.
The “Maritime Cluster Northern Germany”, established by the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen, Bremen and Hamburg, is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the maritime economy by collaborations beyond state borders and through regional projects.
SevenCs was one of the first companies to join MCN in 2012 and therefore deserved a major article in their annual activity report.
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For many years Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) with SevenCs pilot information systems have been successfully used by a large number of pilot organisations. As a result of this successful collaboration SevenCs has developed a brand new system, called ORCA Pilot G2. It includes the typical functions of a navigation system for touchscreen operation, where own ship and AIS targets are displayed on a background of tailor-made electronic charts – dense bathymetric, port or large scale ENCs. The customised ENC layers are associated with the following features of the PPU software:
• use of large-scale zoom range
• precise distance information
• use of docking mode
• presentation of detailed depth information
• display of available water depths in potential avoidance areas
• display of depth information, including the actual water level
• Integration of web based water level corrections (pegelonline)
• display of additional information
Portsmouth International Port Pilots have been using the SevenCs PPU software since 2012. Ben McInnes, Deputy Harbour Master, comments: “We have received the bENC file and are using it on the PPUs. It really is great to have the additional sounding data and details. The captains onboard do appreciate the additional information that is not available on their own charts, but well displayed on the PPU. We are very pleased! Thanks for all your help on this.”
Many features that constitute the total potential of PPU software simply would not be possible without the implementation of customized highly detailed electronic charts.