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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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with [email protected]_America wants to know: “I’m interested in your take on Caruso as a closer over Rondo.”It’s irresponsible to address this question without acknowledging that there’s a wave of anti-Rondo sentiment flooding my mentions, and there has been for months. He’s wildly unpopular, if social media takes are to be believed, and there’s probably no greater gulf between how much fans dislike a player and how much the Lakers value one than with Rajon Rondo. What do we make of that? Rondo’s numbers kind of reinforce what you believe about him. He has one of the lower net ratings on the team (plus-3.6), but it’s still overall positive. He has the third-highest turnover rate on the team (13.1 percent), but he’s also been one of the Lakers’ more efficient 3-point shooters (41.5 percent) fulfilling a Frank Vogel prophecy. He has a positive net rating alongside LeBron, a negative net rating alongside A.D., and a relatively neutral net rating (plus-0.7) when he plays with both. As a wise philosopher once said: “¯_(ツ)_/¯.”Let’s drill down on the question, though: How is Rondo’s merit as a closer? It hasn’t exactly been great. NBA tracking data grades “clutch” minutes as the last five minutes of a game when it’s within two possessions. Rondo has played in seven such games, and the Lakers have been outscored by 10 points when he’s on the floor.Then again: He’s played just 18 minutes in those situations. Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Dec. 23 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.As much as regular success breeds confidence, it also invites insecurity.Very few teams in NBA history have begun the season better than the Lakers’ crackling 24-3 start out of the gate. But between some close calls against so-so teams and now a three-game losing streak, the deeply human thing to do is pay attention to the flaws, the cracks which could mature into fully grown fault lines come the postseason. It’s just our nature.I got a lot of questions this week (well, some were just statements) about the Lakers’ backcourt, the non-LeBron-and-A.D. element of the team that could be the barrier between the Lakers and the title they covet. So lie back on the therapist’s couch and let’s talk about it as the Lakers prepare for a Christmas Day showdown: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Frankly, the call has already been made. He’s not really a closer for this team. This question was asked directly after a loss to the Indiana Pacers in a close game that stung. Rondo was on the floor and memorably missed the final meaningful shot of the game. But Alex Caruso was also on the floor, and he had missed a 3-point attempt about a minute before. No one was particularly successful from deep in that game, but because Rondo took the final shot of a failed playset, it had more resonance.Caruso has played more closing minutes than Rondo, a total of 26 minutes in 11 games. He hasn’t had much overall impact, scoring just four points in that stretch and being in lineups that have outscored opponents by just seven points. While plus-seven is objectively more than minus-10, it’s not really the kind of sample size that suggests definitive conclusions, and so much is dependent on how LeBron James and Anthony Davis play outside of their supporting cast. Those two have scored 73 of 133 Lakers points in “clutch” situations as defined by the NBA.Neither Rondo nor Caruso draw the kind of superstar fouls that close games at the free-throw line. Neither is often guarding the opponent’s best player. Neither is (usually) going to take the last shot. It’s not a complete draw because Caruso is a better defender, in general, this season, but the Lakers have clearly already identified that and put him in the closing role more often than Rondo.I would expect that to continue unless Rondo becomes a higher volume 3-point shooter at the same percentage, making him a viable outside threat in the clutch. There’s a place for that: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope(!) is the team’s third-leading scorer in clutch situations with 25 points in 40 [email protected]_lee1 wants to know: “Avery Bradley has been terrible since coming back. Is Vogel going to continue to keep playing him, or is a stint in the G-League more productive?”Let me address the latter half of this question first: Nobody’s going to the G League. With all due respect to the professionals who play there and the guys who make it out of there, it’s not a productive league for longtime NBA vets to actually progress in their skills. It’s a proving ground for raw talent. The people who think it would be constructive for a former All-Defensive team player to go to the G League to shape up his craft have probably not seen many G League games, in which defense is typically an afterthought or is just hard fouling.Second, we need to confirm whether Avery Bradley has been terrible. He’s shooting 3 for 16 from 3-point range since coming back six games ago which is bad, but not terribly unexpected given that he had an injury that kept him off his feet for about four weeks. Legs are such an important element to shooting, and it makes sense that it would take time for that skill to fully come back (see: Kuzma, Kyle from the start of the season, and well, now).There have been other issues of feel that have been slow arriving, too. There was a notable sequence in Milwaukee when Bradley attempted to dribble and lost the ball on the wing to Kyle Korver. It was ugly, but also a bit understandable given that he’s been out of the game.So has he been performing poorly relative to his standard? Yes. But it’s important to remember his role: Bradley is a starter because LeBron isn’t going to guard most point guards in this league. Taking the entire season into account, he’s been very good in this narrow lane. When he’s on the floor, the Lakers have a 101.7 defensive rating, which drops to below the Lakers’ season-long average when he’s off. He inspired the “Avery Challenge,” which was a challenge for the Lakers to actually play as good defense as they were playing when he started.Bradley needs to be a better shooter, but that’s a team-wide challenge at the moment. The Lakers are 15th in the league at 3-point shooting (35.6 percent). If you look at only the last six games in which Bradley returned, that has dropped to 30.4 percent, and besides Bradley, LeBron, A.D., Rondo, Caruso, Kuzma and Danny Green have all hit under 34 percent of their attempts. That has to be a group effort to pull the offense out of the muck.Also, if I wasn’t clear before: No one is going to the G [email protected] wants to know: “Do you expect the Lakers to try and clear the logjam in the backcourt at the trade deadline, and do you think they need to?”This surely crosses the mind as one watches both Troy Daniels and Quinn Cook linger on the bench as Jared Dudley attempts to guard starting threes and fours (with all due respect to Duds). Wing defense is a weakness for the Lakers, and smaller 3-point shooting guards are a glut. But there are two parts to making a move: the need to make one and the ability. And the Lakers, at the moment, don’t possess much ability.They’ve already traded away the 2021 and 2023 first-round draft picks, and barring a creative solution cannot trade their 2020 or 2022 picks without violating the Stepien Rule preventing trading away first-rounders in consecutive years. Those picks don’t have a ton of value anyway, given that the team is projected to be a top-four seed in the Western Conference and is favored to re-sign Anthony Davis this summer.Fans have pined for Andre Iguodala since he wound up on the Grizzlies. He’s currently being paid a vast sum of money to not play. But Memphis has made it known that they want value back in a trade, and the Lakers lack a good deal of salary to do the move without giving up a valuable rotation player or Kyle Kuzma, who they went to great trouble to keep. Furthermore, should they do that for Iguodala, who is turning 36 next month? It seems unlikely, barring a buyout that no one thinks is coming.One wonders if new candidates become available as teams sink in the standings, but it’s hard to imagine right now who that would be, barring someone from the bottom-of-the-barrel rosters in the league gets bought out. But who is clamoring for any wing player on the Knicks, Cavs or Hawks to help them win a championship?The logjam, and the correlating weakness at wing, is probably something the Lakers will have to live with this season – just like insecurity itself.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Click-mas CarolsLatest on LeBron – What we know between Saturday’s practice and Sunday’s pregame about LeBron’s injury.Without him – The Lakers struggled in the second half against the Nuggets and A.D. eviscerated the defensive effort.Let me count the ways – Columnist Mark Whicker considers how much the Lakers missed LeBron in the game. Why they came back – The returning veteran free agents from the summer talk about how they got over a disastrous 2018-19 campaign to run it back with A.D. and LeBron.Kuz’s absence – Before he returned Sunday, Mirjam took a look at where he was most missed.More on Rondo – Good friend of the newsletter Pete Zayas has a film review of the point guard with a more definitive conclusion.Improper benefits? – Sam Amick of The Athletic reports on the Lakers’ negotiations with Uncle Dennis over the summer.