The VDR system is a marine black box that is packed with vital information regarding the safety of ships and crews. The device can be used to monitor performance, monitor incidents and accidents, as well as provide training to personnel. VDRs also permit fleet managers to examine trends in the performance of a vessel or across a fleet to pinpoint areas to improve. Airlines have been using Flight Data Recorders (FDRs) for many years and their analysis has helped to reduce the number of accidents that occur in that industry.
The basic architecture of the vdr system that is on a ship is usually two-part. A data acquisition unit, which gathers information from sensors and equipment on the bridge, and an external storage medium which can be fixed or floating-free. Consilium is the manufacturer of a Type Approved Simplified VDR (S-VDR) and claims that its devices are made with minimal moving parts and can be adapted to a variety of vessel sizes, with the least disruption. The S-VDR is equipped with fixed capsules for the obligatory 12 hours of recording. It can be enhanced with an additional removable memory option offering up to 96 hours of data.
When selecting a vdr, make sure that the system supports multiple devices including tablets and mobile phones. It should offer an identical user experience that is user-friendly across all devices. A good provider will offer training materials and support that is available all the time. You should look for a strong security feature that includes advanced encryption and virus scanning. You should be able to check whether the business meets third-party standards to ensure the security of uploaded files.