MONCh talks to Kelvin Hughes about its next gen INS
While at SMM in Hamburg, MONCh sat down with Andy Murray, Product Design Authority & Product Manager at Kelvin Hughes, to discuss the company’s next generation of Integrated Navigation Systems (INS), their key advantages and where the company is headed in the next five years.
Kelvin Hughes’ patented 3-button operation is, according to Murray, one of its INS key innovative characteristics: “There are three soft keys – left, right and middle – on the pad; when a user hovers over different command options on the screen, intuitive key tooltips appear on-screen to indicate which soft key will correspond to which command.” This allows operators to focus on critical navigation tasks without distraction. “It also allows new users to familiarise themselves quickly with the different commands, as well as ease back operators into their role if they have been away or on leave for a while,” added Murray.
Through different generations of INS, Kelvin Hughes has sought to ensure all the flexibility needed to facilitate system customisation. “We aim to reduce complexity and increase flexibility,” Murray told MONCh, “so that new generations of sailors, who grow up and evolve in a fast changing technological environment, feel comfortable using our systems much like they would new generations of smartphones.”
Kelvin Hughes’s INS are particularly popular in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. They are also sold across both the civil and the defence markets: “Both sides of the business feed off each other’s innovations – based on customer feedback – to continue to drive new developments,” said Murray. In the next five years, the company is looking to focus, in particular, on cyber security. This will include not only continued innovation in terms of GPS anti-jamming systems, but also simplifying jamming alert for operators. “Realistically we look at the next years to set our waypoints for innovation; the key is then to remain agile enough to evolve together with fast evolving technologies ands threats,” Murray concluded.