As funny as it might seem today, twenty years ago, when television transmissions were still analog, there was a big problem with receiving TV signals on large boats traveling from one end of the world to the other. You could start from Italy and receive everything that the schedule had to offer, and then arrive in the United States with a TV unable to receive any signal
Another odd aspect of the times was the solution to video on demand: big jukeboxes full of DVDs. If someone in a cabin was watching the exact movie that you wanted to see, you had to wait for the DVD to return to the selector.
Furthermore, the computers back then were all equipped with cooling fans, producing a nice buzzing sound all the time, which, in a cabin where you want to sleep in addition to watching TV, is not exactly optimal. In addition, phones, cameras, and every single aspect of life on board required specific wiring, resulting in kilometers of cables.
The Azimut-Benetti shipyard managed to solve the aspect of TV broadcasts, however, using the most trenchant of ways: physically changing the TVs on a vessel in the ports of arrival of states that used an encoding incompatible with that of the port of departure.
The launch of a video recorder with dual-standard reception on the market allowed, at least for a short period of time, to not have to continuously disassemble and reassemble multiple TVs. However, it soon went out of production. No one wanted to go back to the original craziness of continuously changing TVs. This was the context for the contact with the Azimut-Benetti shipyard in 2005, to find a solution to this specific problem, and that's how the discontinued production of a video recorder gave birth to the first integrated system platform in the world.
Strengthened by our consultancy activity and the participation in the first video streaming transmissions with telephone operators starting in 2002 (including Wind), and backed by our knowledge of networking, the solution proposed was basically this: move everything to digital, insert the several analog TV receiver cards in PCs, and move all the computers to a dedicated room. PC and TV communicated with each other thanks all to a LAN cable.
Due to our knowledge of networks, we were able to not only solve the problem of the double decoder, but also propose silent rooms, simultaneous streaming of the same movie in multiple cabins, and introduce the digital management of telephone networks through VoIP, as well as camera control. All of these thanks to a single network cable, with significant savings on wiring expenses.
Today, in an increasingly IoT-driven world, the very concept of interconnected devices capable of interacting with each other is becoming more intuitively familiar, although not always easily accessible. We are proud to be pioneers in the sector.
Our integrated systems solution stands out from others because it is designed to abstract the devices, enabling the processing of data transmitted by individual devices connected to a network, regardless of the protocol or model used.
Our R&D team is also actively involved in dozens of European projects in the field of telecommunications research for emerging technologies, and we invite interested parties to visit our projects page for more information.