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High Mode - Monitoring System

The HighMode system has been developed according to the peculiar project philosophy of Tecnonautica, which is already known for its hardware architecture for the traditional electric system. This hardware architecture consists in the couple control card - actuation interface placed in the main switch board.
The new system’s parts are always the traditional hw full custom cards, developed by Tecnonautica for the peculiar needs of electrical parameters measurements avoiding waste of money, space and weight (condition which always occurs in units realized with industrial components).


The HighMode software has a structure based on the idea of “system”; the function are divided in different subsystems:

Electric System: activations, lights, measure and control instruments for battery, alarms.

Propulsion Engines System: visualisation of propulsion engines function parameters.

Dashboards: control of the user dashboards commands|

Light System: parallel control of the dashboard functions concerning the lightning, talk back system, horn etc. with a reduced number of screenplays.

Levels: visualisation of the levels of various tanks like fuel, water, sewage etc.

Modularity: the system is fully modular and thus can be configured time to time according to the needs of the board system. The control of other parts or systems can be left to the traditional control cards (i.e. talk back system).

Downgrade Compatibility
: the system is 100% adaptable to the traditional one, already installed to our customers; it means that it is possible to install a HighMode system on a ship that has a traditional Tecnonautica system, simply changing the control cards without modifying the wiring. This is very interesting in case of selling the boat, allowing an easy and money saving upgrade.

Possibility of expansion
: it will always be possible to install a traditional panels system, leaving open the possibility of a future upgrade through the PC. The cost of this solution is only the cost of the twisted pair for the bus, wired in advance.

: Tecnonautica, with its 30 years of experience in the installation field, gives a personal interpretation of the centralized monitoring system. With HighMode it is possible to control in a centralized way or by a touch-screen all those loads and services that is easier and safer to have always within reach, like the traditional keyboards that can be found even in the darkness or with stormy weather ( e.g.)


Intrinsical redundancy: HighMode, with its capability to control all the electrical system by the touch-screen or by the remote control, has an intrinsical redundancy not available in other systems, especially those based on the couple PC / PLC. If the centralized system fails or the bus is accidentally disconnected, one can always control the whole system easily and safely by the remote control without checking complex diagrams or acting manually on relays or other devices. Our goal, to bring back the boat into the harbour safely, is thus reached.

Double-Touch approach:
the control software has been developed according to the need of linearity and simplicity. It is possible to jump from one function to the other using no more than two touches, usually placed in the same positions. In fact the system has the typical tree structure (home page and submenus) but it appears as a group of interchangeable panels

Easy installation
: our monitoring system is “implanted” over the traditional one. So, any screen is the image of a corresponding hardware panel. Thanks to the easy dip-switch configuration, the shipyard can make small changes without the help of Tecnonautica experts. Our goal is still to deliver to the shipyard all the system already configured, the task being only wiring and connections. However, in case of last minute changes, a powerful but very simple software tool allows graphical and functional modifications to be made in few mouse clicks.


a) Actuation Interface: they are the Tecnonautica custom cards. Their duty is to activate the power relays inside the power switchboard and to gather all the feedbacks in order to send them back to the panels. They are usually all placed inside the main power switchbox.

b) Control Cards: they are the Tecnonautica custom cards normally placed in the main remote control panel. Their duty is to drive the actuation interfaces above mentioned. . The control cards are connected to the interfaces by the traditional and safe flat-cable system. They also are equipped by a Tecnonautica bus interface for the communication with a control PC via a proprietary bus (named TN-bus) using a normal RS-485 port. In the HighMode philosophy all the controls are concentrated in a single panel which can be used as “hard backup” of the centralized system.

c) Master PC for monitoring and control: This is an industrial grade PC for rough environments with a heavy duty touch-screen and equipped with the TN-bus for the communication with the system’s control cards.

d) HighMode Software: is the Tecnonautica tool for the control and the monitoring of the board installation.

e) Power Box: is the intelligent power supply for the PC and the monitor. Its main duty is to avoid incorrect and potentially dangerous switching off of the system. Besides, relying on different energy sources available on the installation, continuity of service is achieved . It is connected to the PC by RS485, totally controlled by the HighMode software.

f) Event Recorder (optional): it can be combined with the monitoring software. It is a very safe hardware recorder of the events that occurs to the electric system to allow a future analysis of breakdowns or inefficiencies. It can also record out of order periods of the monitoring system.

g) Further Stations: they are connected to the PC master by a data net and they consent to have until 4 different touch panels to control the system, of course with some differentiation concerning the rights and possibilities of access.

h) Remote Control Units: mobile units for the access and activation of system parts under the centralized control, they are realised on different supports and they use different wireless communication systems.

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