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Find the best route through ice! Observe ice conditions by radar.
Winter conditions are difficult and they raise the cost of shipping. Environmental awareness has increased, and risk avoidance and minimization is becoming increasingly important. All of these things have led to the need to navigate safely when driving on ice, to reduce fuel consumption and to look for more places to pass-through ice alone in terms of time saving.
FICE-100 ice radar is suitable for all sizes of vessels driving in icy conditions. Ice radar's software has been developed in Finland Furuno's R&D department in co-operation with our customers.
FICE-100 ice radar is a hybrid ice radar, which is connected to Furuno FAR-2xx7/FAR-2xx8 ARPA navigation radar without affecting any of its properties or performance. Ice radar's principle of operation is the opposite of the navigation radar, so it is not suitable to the actual navigation. It requires its own processor and device in order to be efficient, due it's different calculation algorithms.
The software runs on the Linux operating system and its operation is reliable. Trackball control unit can be used as the drive unit.
Iceradar FICE-100 is refined radar technology specifically suited for ice navigation. The ice radar is useful for ships of all sizes operating in icy conditions. The device is connected to the vessel’s navigation radar and the device utilizes the navigation radar signals and calculates the radar algorithms for the water / ice interface.
• The ice radar visualizes ice structures
• Discovers the optimum route to go through ice
• Shows the track in bad visibility
• Usable ice detection up to 6 NM
• Ice radar stabilizes the ice picture compared to the navigation radar using advanced algorithms
• Ice radar is a supplementary system for navigation radar to observe ice conditions using the same outdoor equipment.
Hybrid ice radar
Hybrid ice radar captures the raw radar signal from the navigation radar. In this principle navigation radar remains IMO approved without affecting any navigation radar’s operation. The high performance ice radar picture is created in a separated processor and shown in its own display. Products have been tested accoding to IEC60945(2002). The FICE-100 removes the image noise making the fine structures of the ice more visible. The result is a stable image that includes the fine details found in the radar echoes.
Find the best route through ice
By using ice radar vessels can find the old rifts, clean ice and channels made by icebreakers and other vessels. Finding and using these, the vessel consumes much less power and saves fuel and time.
FICE-100 has many helpful features for mariners to see situational ice picture:
• 3D and Edge effects
• Color palette
The conditions are different and changes all the time. These features are easy to select, adjust and operate in challenging environment to give more clear and visible picture to the user. The following screenshots are examples of real conditions.
3D effect emphasizes shapes and shadows:
Edge effect emphasizes edges of rifts:
Equalize feature visualizes ice radar picture with adjusted brightness ratio both on center and near edge of display:
User can select predefined color palettes for ice layer. Each of them can be customized by user. Different color palettes are useful in changing environmental lightings: