Harley Marine installs media wall in communications center

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Giant LCD screen measures 8 m x 6 m

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 — Tug and barge operator Harley Marine Services has installed an 8 m by 6 meter industrial grade LCD screen “media wall” in the communication center at its new Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center in Seattle, WA.

Harley Marine Services is a leading provider of marine transportation services in the United States, with operations along the West Coast (including Alaska), New York Harbor and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Services include the transportation and storage of petroleum products, ship assist and escort, the transportation of general cargo and rescue towing.

The state-of-the-art media wall provides a direct portal for Harley Marine’s consolidated dispatch team to access real-time technology systems from both shore and vessel operations.

The communication center keeps the dispatch team better informed with unprecedented access to information. Collected data are transformed into straightforward, easy to read visual aids, giving dispatchers and management an overview of the entire operation. 

Powered by a modern super-computer, the system is capable of displaying up to 16 different video inputs and over 1,000 different screen configurations.

Harley Marine Services will utilize the system in several different ways, including:

  • Viewing the HMS vessel command center that blends both commonly available AIS data like tug and barge positions alongside relevant operational information like crewing, product onboard, and safety compliance.
  • The Harley Marine scheduling view shows the dispatch and operations team a comprehensive overview of all current and upcoming vessel schedules and provides a single system-look across the global HMS fleet.
  • Normal, low resolution AIS feeds are now brought to life with high-definition views of port operations.
  • Real-time security cameras across the HMS offices and progressively across the HMS fleet are viewable from a single console.

The media wall is designed to accommodate ship-to-shore information available today and to expand and change with HMS’ growing operational capacities.

Harley Marine Services says that, given the screen’s capabilities today and in the future, it will ultimately prove to be essential in both incident management and day-to-day operations.


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