MSC Cruises deploys industry-first man overboard detection technology


MSC Cruises has today announced the launch of an industry-first video surveillance system that allows quick intervention in the event of a person or object falling overboard.

The intelligent video capturing and analysis system, developed in collaboration Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is now operational on MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, MSC Meraviglia. Over time, similar integrated systems will be developed and deployed across MSC Cruises’ global fleet.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman said: “The security and safety of our guests and crew on board has always been our highest priority. Therefore – as innovation has been from day one central to the way in which we operate and develop new features for our ships – we have developed a highly-innovative solution that, through the use of military-grade technology, will allow ship command to take immediate action if needed.

“While a ship at sea is a challenging environment for accurate video security monitoring and operating high-tech equipment, our teams have managed to successfully develop a system that is at the same time accurate, stable and reliable.”

The new MSC Cruises system consists optical and thermal video cameras with resilient hardware which provide nonstop surveillance alongside the relevant exterior parts of the ship. All captured video images are streamed in real-time to a central security room where the video stream is monitored together with all other inputs from the 1,200 HD CCTV cameras on the ship.

This system has allowed to significantly lower the error margin for false alerts – typically caused by natural movements such as waves or birds, or the reflection of the sun or moon. Through over 25,000 hours of video analysis, the system has now reached a confirmed accuracy level of 97%.

In case of alarm, an acoustic signal and light will alert the ship’s security officer who can immediately connect to the system and, if necessary, access the ship command at the bridge to allow for immediate action.

Video: Discover MSC Meraviglia

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