In late May 2017, we completed the installation and commissioning of a ODSL200 Sector light for the Departments of Ports & Harbour, in Aore island, just off Vanuatu's second largest island Espiritu Santo, as part of a project funded by the South Pacific Community.
The lantern was installed on an existing and ageing 23 Mtr high steel tower, with the upper most platform being only about 1 sq metre. So space was very limited, and the fewer personnel and tools that were required to be taken up to the platform the better.
In spite of the limited space and warm challenging conditions, the lantern was installed in less than 5 hours from arriving on site. Once the lantern was installed, tests were needed to be performed to confirm everything was working and the battery was charging as required. As the ODSL200 now comes standard with our LightGuard Bluetooth module, we were able to undertake these tests and programming functions from the safety of the ground using our smartphone with the LightGuard Bluetooth app installed.
This made the commissioning and testing process much safer, quicker and easier - exactly what the LightGuard Bluetooth software app was intended to do.
As part of the ongoing maintenance program for the ODSL200 sector lantern, given its importance to safe navigation around Aore island, Department of Ports and Harbour staff will visit the site every 6 months to check the lantern and the status of the battery and panel charging etc. Previously they would have been required to climb the tower and access the top platform to undertake these tasks, but now they too can do this from the safety and convenience of the ground.
So LightGuard Bluetooth not only offers users the latest in technology from Sabik Marine, but it makes both the initial lantern installation quicker and easier and for field technicians improved safety and efficiency in the real world for no cost other than their existing Bluetooth capable device - which are now extremely affordable even to those on very limited budgets.
Sabik ODSL200 Sector light installed in Aore island, May 2017.
To see more information on the ODSL200 lantern, see here
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