Pioneers in Intelligent Superyacht Design
Although Yacht Intelligence has been operating since 2010, over the past couple of years it has become better known for its contribution to AV and cinema design in the Superyacht world following its collaboration with Imax and Ken Freivokh to create a concept for the world’s first IMAX Private Theatre™ on a superyacht.
As a leading supplier of custom audio visual and control solutions for superyachts, this year Yacht Intelligence is collaborating with well-known superyacht design firm, ThirtyC, to create more innovative designs in cinema, as well as mast and satellite design through Yacht Intelligence’s sister company, Airship Communications Ltd.
ThirtyC is working together with Airship in the development of styled satellite equipment on-board yachts.
This collaboration fulfils both the requirements of technology whilst also creating an aesthetic coherence with yacht lines and styling. Traditional Sat-domes have remained largely untouched in their styling, with developments in flat panel technology still in their early stages.
Yacht Intelligence Managing Director, Alan Bernardi comments: “We are set to see Sat domes for years to come due to many reasons, cost of the new flat panel technology, aesthetics of flat panel technology may not suit everyone, size and mast design/style required to cater for flat panel technology. The technology itself has fantastic potential but is an unknown quantity at the moment from cost/services/full capability. Hence why we decided to have some fun restyling radomes”.
The collaboration between Yacht Intelligence and ThirtyC is developing a range of tested solutions that push past the preconceived ideas of how these required elements should look.
“Having been involved in radome development and testing during my early career at SeaTel I feel this has helped give us confidence to try something new. What Feadship did with Madame Gu was fantastic and it should be an inspiration to yacht designers/owners and shipyards. Watch this space for more developments through-out this year” comments Bernardi.
Developments in Connectivity at Sea
2016: A big year for satellite comms
Earlier in the year, we celebrated the successful launch of the first Intelsat EpicNG satellites. The satellite – Intelsat 29e – replaces Intelsat 1R at 310 degrees East and provides next-generation communications to the Americas, Caribbean and the North Atlantic regions.
The EpicNG platform was conceived four years ago in response to growing demands on the limited bandwidth offered by older satellite technology. EpicNG allows customers to use currently deployed hardware to access the high performance connectivity, with the spot beam technology will mean users in the high-traffic routes – such as the North Atlantic or Mediterranean – will not suffer due to higher bandwidth demand.
In March this year, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) announced that its broadband communications and digital entertainment services will now be widely available to passenger vessels across the maritime market. Already offering the world’s largest, most comprehensive global broadband connectivity service, Panasonic delivers business-critical communications serving both passengers and crew, leveraging a high availability Ku-band satellite network with impressive global coverage.