Servelec Technologies has worked with Trinity House, the General Lighthouse and Deep Sea Pilotage Authority, to develop and deliver an updated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system enabling real-time visibility and control of the maritime navigational network.
Over 90% of goods entering the UK have spent some or all of their journey at sea and the requirement to supervise and manage marine traffic is becoming increasingly complex and automated. Trinity House operates as the General Lighthouse Authority and Deep Sea Pilotage Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, delivering reliable and effective services for all mariners navigating its territories and continued to work with Servelec Technologies to develop a new interface as part of their move to the Trinity Planning Centre in Harwich.
The team at Servelec Technologies developed the underlying supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology which enables real-time visibility and control of the maritime navigational network. This new system has been installed in the Planning Centre which was opened by HRH The Princess Royal as part of the 500th anniversary of the Corporation’s first Royal Charter.
The Trinity House control room has been re-equipped with upgraded Servelec SCOPE-X hardware and software systems that monitor and control a wide array of remote navigation and systems assets. The new technology provides the flexibility to add services, change configurations, alarm settings and live information displays using a familiar ‘drag and drop’ user interface.
The SCOPE-X family of modular components comprises a sophisticated SCADA and telemetry engine, a fully customisable user interface, comprehensive configuration environment, sophisticated alarm management, historic data archiver and reporting tool-set. Each of these elements has been engineered in the UK to interact seamlessly with each other and connect to external systems.
John Hall, Director of Telemetry Sales commented: “We are really proud to have supported Trinity House on this important project. As an island nation the majority of us rely on them without really knowing who they are or what they do. To go behind the scenes and help build a system that will be a small part of their next 500 years of service is a real honour."
About Servelec Technologies:
Servelec Technologies engineer mission critical, end-to-end control and business optimisation systems. We deliver flexible and ultra-reliable telemetry through our Seprol, Kingfisher and TBox RTU ranges; Telemetry and SCADA through our SCOPE-X platform; consultancy services and business optimisation solutions including Miser, Pioneer & Flowsure.
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Robert Prior, Marketing Manager
Tel: +44 1246 437410
About Trinity House:
Since the Royal Charter of 1514, Trinity House has worked hard to ensure its utility to the mariner as the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, a major maritime charity and a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority.
On 20 May 1514 Henry VIII presented a Royal Charter to a guild of mariners troubled by the poor conduct of unregulated pilots on the Thames, incorporating The Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the Most Glorious and Undivided Trinity and of Saint Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond, the Corporation’s full name to this day.
Their general business was “to improve the art and science of mariners; to … regulate the conduct of those who take upon them the charge of conducting ships; to preserve good order, and … to consult the conservation, wholesome government, maintenance and increase of navigation and sea-faring men; and to relieve decayed seamen and their relatives.”
In 1566 Queen Elizabeth I’s Seamarks Act enabled them “at their wills and pleasures, and at their costs, [to] make, erect, and set up such, and so many beacons, marks, and signs for the sea… whereby the dangers may be avoided and escaped, and ships the better come into their ports without peril.”
With the increasing number of ships lost between Newcastle and London, Trinity House established the Lowestoft Lighthouse in 1609.
As a charitable body, the Corporation disperses funds for the welfare of retired seamen, the training of cadets and the promotion of safety at sea.
Looking forward, the sea will continue to play a vital role in maintaining the way of life we all take for granted. As Captain Ian McNaught, Executive Chairman of Trinity House, said: “With over 90% of goods entering the UK having spent some or all of their journey to our shores by sea our lives would be very different without our mariners and to them we say thank you.”
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Neil Jones, Public Relations and Records Manager
Division: Servelec Technologies