John Staluppi’s 69m full-custom Benetti M/Y Spectre is one of the season’s most high-profile superyachts boasting a variety of the latest technologies on the market. Videoworks has revealed the selection of modern technologies available on board M/Y Spectre, including audio-video, network, telephone, home automation and CCTV systems.
Spectre features a fully centralised AV system customised to fit within the available space with its contents transmitted via fibre-optics. The crew also have their own server, accessed via iPads, in addition to the Kaleidescape film and music server on board. Using Kaleidescape, Videoworks was able to upload around 1800 DVDs and Blu-ray discs to guarantee the owner a sufficiently customised service.
Another notable technology is the home automation system throughout the vessel. Internal and external LED lights are managed via Crestron keyboards and DALI protocol, with customised silk-screen printed buttons. Itworks, the sister company of Videowork’s, has created a customised software that allows the user to reconfigure settings much more easily and also features a “secret” procedure that allows crew to easily restore the system.
Owners can use an iPad to call staff from any part of the yacht as well as control the Lutron blinds using the customised silk-screen printed keyboards. NMEA navigation information (wind speed, direction, cruising speed, sea depth, etc.) can be viewed using the Myinfos app that was developed to satisfy the curiosities of guests and owners.
All onboard network security is guaranteed by the Kerio NG500 system, which allows users to surf securely on board and manage bandwidth as needed. Cisco products are used to guarantee the highest level of security possible.
Ten cameras, two PTZ cameras (one interior and one exterior), a number of external fixed cameras and a 360-degree fisheye camera, two observation and management stations and PC touch panel make up the vessel’s CCTV system which is integrated in the Myinfos app.
As with every market, the superyacht industry must keep on striving towards developing its technologies to keep up with a new generation of owners and their different expectations of what they want from their superyacht experience. Connectivity is now considered an essential rather than a luxury and the development of technologies from companies such as Videoworks reflects this.
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