Sensor Technology Eases Boat Docking

FLIR Systems’ Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system sets sail as the marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating. The DockSense system uses FLIR machine vision camera technology and video analytics to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system to assist boaters in tight quarter docking maneuvering. Additionally, FLIR announced that Prestige Yachts, a Groupe Beneteau brand, will become the first to demonstrate the technology.

 

The system is designed to augment a captain's boat handling skills using the system’s Virtual Bumper zone technology around the vessel. Should an object encounter the Virtual Bumper, DockSense automatically corrects steering and throttle commands to avoid the object and assist the captain in guiding the vessel to the dock.

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DockSense uses global positioning system (GPS) and attitude heading reference system (AHRS) position sensing technology to compensate for the effects of wind and currents. The system includes multiple FLIR machine vision cameras, a central processing module, and the DockSense App running on Raymarine’s Axiom navigation display.  Additionally, the system integrates with modern joystick propulsion systems.  

 

To learn more, visit the Raymarine DockSense page.

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