The VDR system is a marine black box that is packed with crucial information regarding the safety of ships and crews. The device can be used to monitor performance, determine the cause of accidents and incidents, and also train personnel. VDRs also permit fleet managers to study trends in the performance of a ship or across a fleet, to identify areas for improvement. Airlines have been using Flight Data Recorders (FDRs) for many years and their analysis has helped reduce the number of accidents in that sector.

The basic structure of a vessel’s VDR system is usually two-part; an acquisition unit for data that collects data from bridge equipment and sensors and an external storage medium, which can be either fixed or float-free. Consilium is a manufacturer of a Type Approved Simplified Video Data Recorder (S-VDR) claims that its devices come with minimal moving parts and are able to be mounted on a variety of size vessels without causing disruption. The S-VDR features an enclosed capsule that is used for the mandatory 12 hours of recording. It can be enhanced with a second removable memory option that can store up to 96 hours of data.

When choosing a vdr system make sure that it supports multiple types of devices, like tablets and mobile phones. It should provide an easy and consistent user experience across all devices. A good provider should offer 24/7/365 access to training resources and customer support. You should seek out a security feature with advanced encryption and scanning for viruses. You should be in a position to determine whether the company is in compliance with standards set by third parties for the security of uploaded files.

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