The Onyx Marine Automation system is based on a CAN bus network that connects a main CPU (Central Processing Unit) with a number of remote I/O (Input/Output) units.

Both digital and analog data acquisition modules are available in different versions with from 4 to 32 channels per unit.

In addition to these I/O standard modules, some modules are available for specific functions: light control, solid-state powers, alarms, serial controllers and access control interface.

All these modules are designed exclusively for our marine automation systems.

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The CPU’s two Ethernet ports and two CAN bus ports enable the system to communicate efficiently with a wide range of onboard devices.

Engines, generators, water makers, A/C systems, power meters, light dimmers, entertainment systems, CCTV controllers and many other devices can be easily interfaced with our system.

Data are collected from the onboard machinery, exchanged through the field bus and processed by the powerful CPU equipped with a real-time proprietary operating system.

The data are then output to the graphic displays (operator display and/or PC) via the Ethernet network.

By managing the critical, safety-related and alarm functions on the CPU, the display system is not required to perform any critical functions.

This means one or more operator displays can be switched off without losing the alarm history and the power management system remains operational even if a display malfunctions.

To guarantee redundancy, the system architecture can accommodate a second CPU as a hot-swap backup unit, ready to seamlessly take over from the main unit if required.

To achieve complete continuity in back-up mode and to provide an unsurpassed level of safety, a second Ethernet and CAN bus network are added to provide full functional redundancy.