Defence Certified Rackmount Computer - For Marine Messaging Applications

In completing this project, our knowledge of compliance, in-house facilities and relations with independent test houses was integral. Despite the regulatory criteria being far more stringent than we were used to, our engineering team were able to innovate a solution that successfully achieved compliance certification.

Lee Town, External Account manager

Our customer is a leader in Aerospace, Defence and Security, developing advanced technological solutions and providing a complete, innovative range of services for every mission and every
scenario. The complete solution is for marine messaging computers.

The Challenges:

  • Custom computer designed to meet exact customer specifications
  • Computers must be highly reliable while remaining simple and cost-effective
  • Units needed to satisfy MOD below decks regulations, including EMC emissions testing
  • Platforms must be ruggedised to successfully meet stringent shock and vibration requirements
  • Extended data storage timeframes with the capacity for rapid information retrieval
  • Optimised platform availability to support the development of customer’s solutions

The Solution

  • Captec supplied a 2U rackmount solution based on COTS+ to meet exact specification requirements
  • Platform based on industrial grade COTS components, increasing standards of reliability
  • Using in-house EMC facilities and independent testing, Captec guided units through compliance
  • Captec worked with an independent manufacturer to modify the chassis for ruggedisation
  • Platforms specified with RAID storage for data storage and retrieval optimisation
  • High rates of availability achieved through the use of established commercial components

The Outcome

  • Captec engineered a solution that met highly challenging Defence standards regulations
  • Cost effective units with complex levels of engineering to meet application requirements
  • Systems ruggedised to withstand the rigours of deployment in hostile naval environments
  • Captec and the customer enjoy an established and longstanding relationship with ongoing work across multiple projects

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