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 SmartBox

Overview

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.

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.

Architecture

The architecture consists of:

  • A server 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 (SMARTSTATION) 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

Main features

  • Compression of traffic (email, web file & 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

Benefits

Feature

Smartbox TOP

SmartBox Light Edition

User Profiling

YES
Possibility to select the features enabled for each individual user

YES
You cannot select the features enabled for each individual user

VLAN Management

Yes

No
Support only alias

Dynamic Routing for VLAN

YES

YES

Multicast Routing for VLAN

YES
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

YES

YES

Channel Test

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

YES
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)

YES
Up to 10 channels

YES
Up to 10 channels

Manual Channel Switching

YES

YES

TCP Acceleration

YES

YES

TCP Compression

YES
Configurable from SmartStation

YES

HTTP Caching

YES
Support for HTTP/HTTS (HTTPS with limitations)

YES

HTTP Prefetching

YES

YES

HTTP URL Filtering

YES
Blacklist and Whitelist

YES

HTTP Mobile Site forcing

YES

YES

HTTP Audio/Video Filtering

YES

YES

Mail/SMS for Monthly Volume Limit

YES

YES

Mail/SMS for Channel Switching

YES
Mail and SMS

YES

Channel lock on Daily Limit

YES

YES

DHCP Server

YES
for single Eth/LAN

YES
for single Eth/LAN

QoS Support

YES
Limiting bandwidth for the data traffic during VoIP calls

YES

VPN

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

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

Firewalling

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

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

L7 Firewalling

YES

YES

Port Forwarding

YES

YES

NTP Sync

YES

YES

System Log

YES

YES

HTTP Statistics

YES

YES

Hardware monitoring

YES

YES
up to 4 external servers

Antivirus Server

YES

YES

ISDN Out of Band Assistance

Yes

YES

Acquisizione traccia da AIS

YES
Time Sync and Sentence "B" supported

YES
Time Sync and Sentence "B" supported

Acquisizione segnali da NMEA / RS232

YES

No

Fleet ISDN Support for Backup Channel

YES

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

Hardware

These are the specitications of Rugged Rackmount versions of SmartBox.

RUGGED BOX VERSION

Main board

  • Support Intel core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (3M Cache, 2.26 GHz, 1066 Mhz FSB)
  • Support Intel Celeron Processor 575 (1M Cache, 2 GHz, 667 MHz FSB) 

Main Memory

  • 2 x 240-pin DIMM, up to 4GB DDR3 800/1066 Mhz SDRAM, unbuffered and non-ECC

Chipset

  • Intel GM45 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub
  • Featuring the Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD
  • Intel 82801IBM I/O Controller Hub

I/O Interface-Front

  • ATX power on/off switch
  • HDD Access/Power status LEDs
  • 1 x Front Access CF Card Socket
  • 2 x USB2.0 ports 

I/O Interface-Rear

  • 2-pin Remote Power on/off switch
  • 16 30V DC input
  • 1 x PS/2 for Keyboard/Mouse
  • 1 x DB25 Parallel Port (Optional GPIO or LVDS interface)
  • 1 x DB44 Serial Port for 4x RS232
  • (COM2: RS232/422/485 with Auto Flow Control)
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports
  • 4 x USB2.0 ports
  • 1 x DB15 VGA port
  • 1 x DVI-I port (DVI-D + VGA)
  • 1 x Speaker-out and Mic-in

Device

  • 1 x 2.5" SATA HDD drive bay
  • One external locked CF and socket
  • Optional power adapter 

RACKMOUNT VERSION

CPU

  • Intel Pentium 4/Celeron-D LGA775 Processor with 800/1066 MHz FSB speed, 1M/2M L2 Cache
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, Speed up to 2.66 GHz (4MB Cache)

RAM Type & MaxCapacity

  • 2 x DDRII 533/667/800 DIMM, MAX 4GB

Chipset

  • Intel Q965+ICH8

LAN Chip

  • PCI-E GbE, Intel 82573L

10/100/1000 LAN

  • 4 ports copper

10/100 LAN

  • None 

HDD

  • Supports SATA II, 1 x 3.5" HDD Bay r 2 x 2.5" HDD (Option)

CF

  • 1 (Through SATA to IDE Bridge)
LAN Bypass
  • GBe LAN Bypass (Two Pairs Dual Latch)
Serial
  • One at front (RJ-45 Connector)
IDE/SATA Connectors
  • 1/2
USB
  • 2 x in Front Panel
PCI Expansion
  • 1 x PCI-X slot
LCD Module
  • 2 x 16, PIO
Indicators
  • Power, HDD, Bypass LEDs
Power
  • 350 W ATX Power Supply
Form Factor
  • 1 U
Dimensions
  • 427 x 458 x 44 mm
Certifications
  • CE
  • FCC Class A