Who can remember the wow factor of the iPhone 3G being 3G compatible? A few years later, we’re now talking 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Technology has been evolving so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, coolest trends.
Yacht owners want to be first to have the ultimate technology to stay connected to their critical business transactions, as well as entertain – and obviously impress – every guest onboard. Going into dry dock only every few years and technology changing almost every season, how do you keep up with newest hardware and software for onboard communications?
Start sooner than later
Precisely because of the rapidly evolving nature of technology, yacht designers, shipyards, and refit yards must understand the crucial need to consider and integrate scalable communications and entertainment solutions as early as possible in new builds and refits. The first key step, before hitting the drafting board, is to learn about the owner’s specific c expectations for onboard communications. A few important considerations include:
- The number of guests and crew expected to determine how many simultaneous devices will access Wi-Fi
- Will the vessel be chartered?
- How many TVs are needed and what type and quality of programming (HD/SD, streaming, on-demand movies, live events and more)?
- Where will the vessel sail? (to determine specific antenna requirements – critical for above-deck design)
Ideally, your communications and AV provider(s) will use this information to custom-tailor a solution to your owner’s lifestyle needs, while collaborating with your design and engineering teams as early as possible in the build/refit process.
Think ahead and plan the space
With an advanced communication solution defined, a smart and forward-looking yacht design can be drafted to include space allocation for IT and AV equipment at different levels, in rooms, on deck and in the main below-deck equipment rack.
IT and AV providers can assist the designer during the early draft stage to define locations for in-room equipment such as TV, speakers, iPad docks, Ethernet cabling and wireless access points, always allocating extra space for the inevitable changes to come with the latest new trend (like ultra high-spec cabling such as fiber optic).
Designing the vessel to be adaptable to future technology, improvements is key! It will save time when upgrading to the latest and greatest, prevent headaches for ETOs and designers, avoid massive refits and consequential costs, and ultimately keep the owner happy.
Lean on the technology experts
Tapping into the resources of communications and technology companies, such as MTN and partner Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH), can save valuable time and money for builders over the long haul.
VBH’s CTO Ameet Sarvaiya says “As viewing patterns have evolved, VBH sits early in the build process to ascertain the owner and guest requirements. Together with MTN we optimize the availability of various content sources and synchronization needs.”
VBH is one of MTN’s several Maestro certified partners and maritime service providers. Together, the companies bring the experience necessary for future-proof, forward-looking new builds and refit projects.
By anticipating owners’ needs, builders can successfully deliver a yacht today that adapts the technology trends of tomorrow.
Learn more about Maestro here.
This week our Yacht Business Unit, is in Kitzbühel, Austria to attend the Superyacht Design Symposium, February 21-23, hosted by Boat International Media. For a third year, MTN-An EMC company is sponsoring the event, which draws 300 yacht owners, designers, shipyards, refit yards, project managers and important companies in the yacht-building industry. The symposium is an ideal venue to meet and network with people involved in the early stages of yacht construction, along with the decision makers for onboard communications for new builds and refits. The agenda includes conference sessions, the ShowBoats Design Awards, social events and a ski competition among participants (Did we mention it takes place in the Austrian Alps?).
This event provides us the opportunity to share the importance of integrating communications systems into yacht design for optimal network performance. As a symposium sponsor, we also had the honor of presenting the Holistic Design Award portion of the Show Boats Design Awards ceremony. Check out the full list of 2016 Boat Show Design winners.