IBEX 2019: XPlora Yachts and Wago develop vessel-control system


XPlora Yachts and Wago introduced PICASO (programmable intelligent controls for automatic shipboard operations) at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference. The system integrates programmable logic controllers, smart devices, electronics and informatics equipment.

PICASO monitors telemetric events in real-time, allowing single buttons to control actions using open, non-proprietary software. With sensors and Internet of Things applications, the system allows boat owners to access real-time data and information that can be coupled with AI applications to predict on-board failures before they occur, according to the company.

“The PICASO solutions we have developed are as powerful for individual boat owners as they are for fleets of commercial boats,” Stephen Wu, general manager at XPlora Yachts, said in a statement. “The age of the smart boat has truly arrived, and the benefits are more reliable vessels with our technologies that are much more powerful than competitive systems but are yet easier to control, operate and maintain.”

Wago provides connectivity and programmable automation solutions. “We are proud of our long history of enabling game-changing solutions for the maritime industries,” Carlos Ruiz, marine industry manager for Wago, said in the statement.


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