London, 4 June 2010 - Kelvin Hughes’ customers who purchased SharpEyeTM, the world’s first commercial solid-state marine radar, are finding that the benefits of the system continue to show. Not only does it bring military grade performance to the commercial marine marketplace for the first time, SharpEyeTM is also proving its claim to be a lower cost option.
“We estimate that with a total of more than one million hours of fault-free operation, the SharpEyes have saved our customers at least £200,000 in maintenance costs,” says Tony Taylor, Head of World- Service at Kelvin Hughes. Unlike a conventional radar, SharpEyeTM does not operate with a magnetron and so does not incur the cost of calling in an engineer every 8-10,000 hours to replace it.
“These costs can quickly add up and the replacement can be a great inconvenience if the vessel is in a remote location when the magnetron does fail,” he explains.
“Since we sold the first commercial SharpEyeTM radar in September 2007, we have installed almost 200 units in a wide range of commercial vessels from cruise liners and luxury yachts to tankers and container ships,” says Mr Taylor. SharpEyeTM has also been installed by airports to detect birds and prevent potential birdstrikes and by ports for marine VTS.
Already in service with navies around the world, this innovative product represents a step change in commercial radar development. SharpEyeTM is low maintenance, provides improved detection performance and enhances the overall safety of navigation.
Kelvin Hughes is the world leader in design and supply of marine navigation systems and SharpEyeTM is just one of the many products the UK-based company has developed over the years. With offices in Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, the US, China and Hong Kong the company provides a first-class sales and support capability for customers worldwide.
Kelvin Hughes is a world leader in the design and supply of marine navigation systems. It has a highly innovative product range, which is designed to provide mariners with the most advanced navigation solutions and services available. Its products include radar sensors and display technology, voyage data recorders, electronic chart displays and highly advanced integrated bridge systems. In addition, through ChartCo, it provides a unique means of data supply to ships at sea via satellite. Kelvin Hughes is also the world’s largest supplier of nautical charts and publications for commercial and leisure use.
Recently Kelvin Hughes has designed and produced the world’s first commercial solid-state marine radar, SharpEyeTM. This innovative product represents a step change in commercial radar development and brings military grade performance to the commercial marine marketplace for the first time. Kelvin Hughes products are in use in a wide range of commercial vessels, luxury yachts and cruise liners, including the new Queen Mary 2. They are also in service with over 30 navies around the world, including fittings on every United Kingdom Royal Navy warship.
Kelvin Hughes has its headquarters in Hainault in the East of London, and has subsidiary offices in other parts of the UK, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, USA and China. With this global presence, Kelvin Hughes provides a first-class sales and support capability for customers world-wide.