Drass continued R&D activities completed the engineering of the new Multimedia Entertainment Diving System. The first complete System, which is intended for the new Harkand 18 man twin bell DSV, was successfully tested in presence of a customer representative. The System includes 18 off Private and 6 off Public screens, all controlled by a centralized Server located in SAT Room.
The System was highly appreciated by the customer, who highlighted its flexibility and high performances, being the System capable to deliver HD Multimedia experience to all Screen simultaneously. An important fact to be highlighted is the Mission Monitoring functionality: thanks to the connection between the Multimedia Entertainment with all Digital Video Recorders, Divers inside the saturation system can monitor activities going on underwater and on within the Bell, other than receiving any multimedia contents which may be useful for their job.
Private Screens are handheld devices, engineered as a 10.4” hyperbaric tablets – they are equipped with multi-touch screen interface, stereo headset connection, webcam and USB port. Public Screens are big all-in-one 21.5” PC, featuring multi-touch screen interface, loudspeaker and ambient microphone, webcam and USB port. All screen were developed keeping in mind the maximum safety and reliability: no batteries are used (even the BIOS has been modified to be capable to work without the internal battery), and they are powered and data connected using a single coiled cable. The cable is connected using robust push-pull circular connectors. Screens are independently tested for hyperbaric use.
Private Screens are completed with a touch stylus. The Server provides a Virtual Machine for each user, making easy for each diver to access reserved resources; at the end of the mission, each VM is easily reset to the factory default, assuring the system is restored to the original configuration and that no privacy issues can be raised. Screens can be swapped and replaced if required, due to their independency of the Virtual Machines. If required, the whole system can be serviced remotely by Drass (this will require a remote connection to the vessel).
Next system is going to be arranged for the new Toisa 24 man twin bell DSV – this system is even larger than the Harkand System, comprising 24 off Private Screens and 6 off Public Screens. We look forward for other customers deciding to include such useful upgrade to their existing system.

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