In the past, I’ve talked about how technology has been successfully deployed on big ships like ocean cruisers and defense vessels but what about fast leisure craft, like powerboats, speedboats and ribs?I don’t know about you, but I felt that these sailors had literally missed the boat (pardon the pun) when it came to the latest and greatest technology, particularly around safety. And yet, according to the European Boating Industry, 36 million Europeans are boaters. Over six million boats are kept in European waters while 4,500 marinas provide 1.75 million berths both inland and in coastal areas.Experts together for safetyI spoke to other colleagues in the industry. Together, we decided we were going to address this gap. Our mission was to design a fast boat, equipped to operate in extreme environments with rugged technology to track performance and importantly, deliver new levels of safety.Together, we assembled a group of like-minded marine visionaries, namely: Safehaven Marine, boat designers and builders; Navarino, one of the world’s largest distributors of integrated satellite communications solutions, Iridium, a leading mobile satellite communications company, 8West, a software development and consultancy company with a focus on innovative marine safety solutions, and of course, yours truly from Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Maritime.First of its kindThis wasn’t a talk forum or an excuse for PowerPoint slides. We didn’t sit around, drink coffee and shoot the breeze! No, over the last three years, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and worked together to design and build a prototype boat in Cork, Ireland, like no other. And where better than Cork – home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world and the oldest yacht club?This experience has been what I would call a labour of love, a collaboration where we collectively worked as a single crew, using a combination of tried and trusted craftsmanship honed over the centuries allied with the latest technology.Wave-piercing designBuilt by Safehaven Marine, the boat design in itself is revolutionary, crossing a wave-piercing monohull with a catamaran hull with four Caterpillar C8.7 650hp engines providing top speeds in excess of 50 knots.Ruggedised technology Picture a 75 foot boat, equipped with customised and rugged military-grade compute and network infrastructure, including Dell Latitude 7424 laptops, PowerEdge XR2 rugged servers, Dell 3002 IoT Edge Gateways and switches. All our rugged technology packs a punch and is ideal for tough conditions and tight spaces.Ship to shoreFrom a communications perspective, the boat is fitted with Dual Cobham Sailor 4300 Iridium Certus L-band satcom antennas, a Navarino Infinity Cube dual node, high availability , high performance/active cluster plus IoT G-force sensors, which connect real-time to Azure via a dual-site connection.Information is powerUsing Dell Edge Gateways, these sensors collect and analyse data, gathering a huge range of inputs, for example, the weather, temperature and humidity, engine data, speed, geographical position plus sea motions like heave, pitch, roll and acceleration. A real-time web portal allows the crew to record and analyse vessel performance in real-time before live-streaming the data onshore.Search and rescue functionalityThat’s not all! In addition to performance data, Safe Trx Ranger software from 8West can automatically track the boat’s location and alert emergency contacts ashore, should the craft fail to return on time.In this scenario, the user’s location is automatically sent to the SafeTrx Monitoring Console, meaning that the Coast Guard can instantly view the position of the emergency call, accessing vessel name, user name, gender, phone number, vessel name, craft type, radio equipment, last reported position, people on board, activity and trip ID. The application also displays the location, speed and heading on the emergency call screen.Cost-effective, easy and reliableImportantly, the system provides boat users who don’t have or use Automatic Identification System (AIS) on board with a cost-effective, automated and reliable way to keep the Search and Rescue authorities informed of their voyage plans and location. In fact, SafeTrx is the first data source that focuses on leisure craft users without AIS. In this way, it significantly contributes to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) IMdatE maritime situational awareness picture.What a beauty!I believe that as a team, we have achieved our goal. Our prototype boat is capable of delivering fast performance in extreme environments and comes complete with rugged, reliable IT infrastructure, promising new levels of safety for leisure craft.Our team is proud to participate in this partnership and contribute to better safety standards at sea. I believe that this is a great example of how IT technology can be a force for good, driving human progress and making a real difference to society.Are you a regular sailor? Do you work in the maritime industry? Do you have comments or questions? Do join the conversation. We’d love to hear from you. Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Learn more about our maritime solutionsKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @DellTechOEM or @Etienne_Mary. 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WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endBrian Hill, RB, Falcons. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Devonta Freeman could miss “about” two weeks as he deals with a foot injury. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’s “confident” Hill could handle the lead back job, and after 21 touches last week, it’s obvious he means it. Hill responded with 71 total yards and a score, and he’ll be an RB2 in Week 11 against Carolina’s poor run defense and a FLEX in a tough matchup against Tampa in Week 12. Week 11 features several notable committee backs in tough matchups, so there’s a good chance Hill is better than your current RB2 and certainly your FLEX.Check our full Week 11 waiver list for more waiver wire and free agent ideas, including a host of Week 11 streamer suggestions. MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSHill looks like the only player who’s worth a high waiver claim. He figures to be Atlanta’s starting RB for the next few games (including a highly favorable matchup next week against Carolina). You can make cases for other players depending on your team needs and position in the standings, but there are enough similar options that you should be able to find what you need in free agency and move up the claims order. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 11 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 11Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers. A ribs injury knocked Emmanuel Sanders out of Monday night’s game in the first quarter, and Samuel picked up the slack. He led the Niners in catches (8), targets (11), and yards (112). Samuel has always gotten a lot of snaps, but an early-season injury slowed him down and his production never matched his time on the field. With Sanders out, Samuel will be the 49ers No. 1 wide receiver, and he has even more upside as long as George Kittle is out, too. The 49ers like to use him in creative ways, and he has big-play upside every time he takes the field. The 49ers have a favorable matchup against the Cardinals next week, so Samuel will work as a WR3.WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPJacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks. Hollister was a nice story when he caught two touchdowns in Week 9, but fantasy owners have to take notice after he posted eight catches (10 targets), 62 yards, and a touchdown against the 49ers on Monday night. Clearly, Seattle has found its Will Dissly replacement. Hollister has now received 14 targets in his past two games, and while he’s mainly used on short passes, as long as he’s getting frequent targets and looks around the goal line, fantasy owners will take it, especially in PPR leagues. Seattle has a bye in Week 11, so you might not have to use a waiver claim on him this week, but he’s definitely worth a free agent add. MORE WEEK 11: Waiver pickups | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSRaheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. It was only a matter of time before Matt Breida got dinged up again, and sure enough, he played sparingly in the second half and overtime on Monday night after aggravating his ankle injury. Mostert filled in, totaling seven touches and 35 yards when Tevin Coleman needed a break. If Breida can’t go next week against Arizona, Mostert will be in line for around a dozen touches and have FLEX value. Last Sunday saw some big injuries, including Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper. The Seahawks-49ers game added to the carnage, with regular fantasy starters Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett, and Matt Breida all exiting early. Not every injury creates an obvious waiver wire opportunity, but these three do, at least indirectly. Deebo Samuel, Jacob Hollister, and Raheem Mostert all saw extra work because of the aforementioned absences and will be among the top Week 11 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. Even if the actual waivers period is quiet in your league this week, you can bet there will be plenty of activity after waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in ESPN and Yahoo leagues leagues.Our full free agent list has plenty of streaming suggestions for the upcoming week, which features three notable fantasy offenses (Packers, Seahawks, Giants) and the Titans on bye. There are also more than a few injury replacements (Brian Hill, J.D. McKissic) and potential late-season breakouts (Derrius Guice, Nick Foles, Kalen Ballage, Darius Slayton). The QB, TE, and D/ST sleepers are at the end of the list. You can also check out our Week 11 kicker rankings if you need new kicker or just want to spice up your horrible life with some variety.
*** At a ceremony in Fort Nelson on Tuesday night, the following four volunteers were celebrated for their hard work in that community:• Dean Larson, Hockey• Becky Froese, Multisport• Stephen Carmichael, Hockey• Jason Rowley, Hockey Dave Stenton – Soccer Janet Prestley – Softball Grant Spelsberg – Action Schools! BCCarlyle Kreiger – Softball Advertisement Seven of Fort St. John’s most dedicated citizens were celebrated on Wednesday night, at the Community Sports Hero Awards. At a well-attended ceremony at the Stonebridge Hotel, the group earned praise from Sport BC, for the countless hours they’ve spent organizing, facilitating, and supporting amateur sport in the community. Be it time spent training new officials, working the phones, or sharpening skates, the volunteers are the heartbeat of local sport, without whom the local sports systems simply would not exist. – Advertisement -Winning this year’s awards, were: Gary Alexander – Hockey Jenny Bell – Baseball / Softball Advertisement Pat Pimm – Golf A few of the volunteers were unable to attend the event, but those who did seemed to deflect the acclaim they had earned. Grant Spelsberg, a volunteer with several organizations, was honoured to win, but says he is just one part of a big team. [asset|aid=1789|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b6736f3d61d08b8705e4b76ed2688c0d-Spelsberg-1_1_Pub.mp3] Likewise, Jenny Bell, says she and others work for the kids, and winning an award is just ‘icing on the cake’. “I’m just one of many” says Bell. “The man who nominated me does just as much as I do. There’s hundreds of parents working for their kids and other people’s kids every day.” Congratulations to the seven winners.Advertisement