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SmartBox - Onboard Cloud Gateway

The SmartBox is an apparatus designed and constructed by the SIRM laboratories to dedicated multichannel communication in maritime environment and to manage network access data for standard voice services and through a single interface of administration and configuration for VoIP. Main features are:

  • Web caching and web image compression to reduce bandwidth requirements
  • Enterprise extension: VPN and phone network extension
  • Integrated firewalls, and security, with channel based rules
  • Least cost switching (also on geographic basis)  and bandwidth management for multiple communications carriers
  • Networks management
  • Internet cafe and VoIP solution
  • URL filtering

The solution can be used with any type of communication of the satellite system (FBB, VSAT KU-band, and KA, Iridium and Thuraya) and offers to the IT managers of companies, commanders and crew a series of functionality to optimize and to simplify access to the voice and data services on board. This with a centralized control and ability to manage in an integrated way the different networks on board (Ship Network Area, corporate network, network crew).

Through the SmartBox the navigation companies can initiate projects of Connected Vessels and SmartShip Applications.

Thanks to the functionality of firewalling, compression, management of content, vessel positioning, NMEA and Serial interface the Smartbox is one of the elements of the strategy "connected vessel" of SIRM.

The architecture consists of:

  • A gateway for each ship. Aboard ship, it is possible to install a SMARTBOX in full version or a SMARTBOX light edition in relation to the enable services
  • A centralized platform of government and control (FleetOnCloud Control Manager) installed at the HQ of the shipowner or in SIRM data center
  • WEB interface is easy to use for the management of all major system configurations

The Smartbox is the ideal solution for the safe and simple on-board network, with a series of tools that support the main business processes, the crew welfare and regulatory compliance. Access to web interface allows a management on board also with staff with limited computer skills, leaving IT managers management of  more complex configurations.

Main features Features in detail BenefitsHardwareDocumentation

  • Compression of traffic (email, web file &)
  • Multi-channel Routing (up to 10 channels of communication) with channel selection at lowest costs
  • TCP/IP Acceleration
  • Web Caching and http Prefetching
  • Firewall L4 and L7
  • URL filtering
  • Management of traffic thresholds for single communication channel
  • Support Quality services
  • Antivirus and Antispam Centralized
  • VPN (openVPN and IPSEC)
  • Integrated VOIP switchboard
  • Traffic stats for single network (crew, voip, corporate) and accounting system
  • Network local Storage (with SMB/CIFS support and web access) for content delivery and distribution
  • Management of VLAN on board and support for multicasting
  • Management of remote via smartstation to all functionality
  • Access via ISDN for remote maintenance at the Service Center
  • Enabling telemetry services, Fleet Tracking and Crew Card Management

Feature

Smartbox TOP

SmartBox Light Edition

User Profiling


Possibility to select the features enabled for each individual user


You cannot select the features enabled for each individual user

VLAN Management

Yes

No
Support only alias

Dynamic Routing for VLAN

Multicast Routing for VLAN


Activable upon every Eth/VLAN

Yes
Activable upon every Eth/VLAN

Multi-Channel Connectivity

Yes
Activable upon every Eth/VLAN

Yes
Activable upon every Eth/VLAN

Service to Channel Binding:
VPN - NTP - Tracking
Antivirus - CreWeb / Crewone

Channel Test


Support for Ping
Compatible with FBB JRC 250/251/500/501
FBB Thrane&Thrane
iDirect X5
Iridium OpenPort


Support for Ping
Compatible with FBB JRC 250/251/500/501
FBB Thrane&Thrane
iDirect X5
Iridium OpenPort

Automatic Channel Switching
(with Least Cost Routing)


Up to 10 channels


Up to 10 channels

Manual Channel Switching

TCP Acceleration

TCP Compression


Configurable from SmartStation

HTTP Caching


Support for HTTP/HTTS (HTTPS with limitations)

HTTP Prefetching

HTTP URL Filtering


Blacklist and Whitelist

HTTP Mobile Site forcing

HTTP Audio/Video Filtering

Mail/SMS for Monthly Volume Limit

Mail/SMS for Channel Switching


Mail and SMS

Channel lock on Daily Limit

DHCP Server


for single Eth/LAN


for single Eth/LAN

QoS Support


Limiting bandwidth for the data traffic during VoIP calls

VPN


Support OpenVPN, IPSEC and CISCO VPN to HQ and SIRM Services Center for maintenance.
Compression (SmartStation needed)


Support OpenVPN, IPSEC and CISCO VPN to HQ and SIRM Services Center for maintenance.
Compression (SmartStation needed)

Firewalling


Support TCP, UDP, GRE, ICMP, IGMP
Ability to apply rules for single channel Rules for IP / Port / MAC source


Support TCP, UDP, GRE, ICMP, IGMP
Ability to apply rules for single channel Rules for IP / Port / MAC source

L7 Firewalling

Port Forwarding

NTP Sync

System Log

HTTP Statistics

Hardware monitoring


up to 4 external servers

Antivirus Server

ISDN Out of Band Assistance

Yes

Acquisition AIS Data 


Time Sync and Sentence "B" supported


Time Sync and Sentence "B" supported

Acquisition  NMEA / RS232

No

Fleet ISDN Support for Backup Channel

No

  • Management of simplified communication: basic intuitive web interface for configuring the system, real time dashboard, automatic or manual switching between the channels of available communication, always on VPN or on-demand, management of user profile and traffic thresholds per channel
  • Cost control of communication: a tool to control and manage the cost of airtime through the use of VSC for the crew, traffic monitoring and blocking of services to achieve predetermined volumes, alerts achievement of thresholds, reports and dashboard control
  • Communication of security: Firewall, Antivirus and Antispam, URL and MAC filtering, VPN IPSEC or OPENVPN
  • Management of file transfer: a system for sharing files on board, management of centralized file transfer, integrated into content delivery solutions, synchronization with Database of ground
  • Simplicity of management and configuration: functionality manageable from the ground and from the edge in function of the user's profile, traffic reports for single channels of communication and for the on-board network and operating statistics
  • Enabling services: tool to enable the services of smartship and connected vessel such as fleet management, fleet security, video surveillance, telemetry and crew communication management

Specifiche Hardware Smartbox

HARDWARE SMARTBOX Light Edition

CPU

AMD Geode™ LX800 500 MHz processor onboard

Chipset

AMD CS5536AD

System Memory

512MB

COM

1 x RS-232/422/485 (COM 1)

1 x RS-232 (COM 2)

USB

2 x USB 2.0

Ethernet

2 x 10/100Mbps

PoE

N/A

CANbus

N/A

Digital I/O

N/A

Display

1 x VGA

Wireless

N/A

Storage

1 x CompactFlash™ 8GB

Others

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse

Power Supply

24VDC (DC jack)

Watchdog Timer

1 WDT

Reset supported, 255 levels

Construction

Aluminum & heavy-duty steel, IP40

Operating Temperature

0°C ~ +50°C (+32°F ~ +122°F)

Relative Humidity

10% ~ 95% @ 40°C, non-condensing

Vibration

N/A

Dimensions

160.5 x 111.8 x 53.35 mm (6.32" x 4.40" x 2.10")

Weight (net/gross)

1.2 kg (2.64 lb)/1.92 kg (4.23 lb)

Certifications

CE

EOS

 XPE, WinCE, Linux support package

Mounting

Din rail

Colonna sinistra VOIP + FLEET + CREW