Canadian Coast Guard equips icebreaker with G&D KVM

The Canadian Coast Guard selected KVM from German Guntermann & Drunck GmbH to equip their icebreaker CCGS Griffon. The hardware is used onboard to distribute critical navigation information to various positions on the bridge when breaking the way through ice.

Providing key maritime services to Canadians. The CCG and its role

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet and provides key maritime services to Canadians. An icebreaker must fulfil certain requirement that distinguish it from a “normal” ship like providing a strengthened hull an ice-clearing shape the power to push through sea ice.

The CCG plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways. Aside from supporting economic activities by organizing convoys and escorting ships through ice-covered waters, the Griffon and other members of the fleet free vessels trapped in ice and maintain fluid pathways in frozen conditions by breaking up ice to keep shipping channels open.

CCGS Griffon – High Endurance icebreaker and multi-task vessel

CCGS Griffon – High Endurance icebreaker and multi-task vessel - © MJCdetroi
CCGS Griffon – High Endurance icebreaker and multi-task vessel - © MJCdetroit

The CCGS Griffon is a Canadian Coast Guard High Endurance icebreaker and multi-task vessel. The Griffon belongs to the coast guard’s vessels charged to voyage efficiently and safely through or around ice-covered waters.

It measures over 71 meters long and nearly 15 meters wide (234 feet by 49 feet) and weighs over 2,247 metric tons. It carries a crew of 25 – nine officers and 16 crew members – and calls the port of Prescot, Ontario, home.

KVM paves the way

The Griffon has two rack mount servers - one for the radar system and another for the GPS system. By installing the G&D KVM matrix switch DVICenter, the Griffon has the ability to access the radar and GPS systems on any of the bridge’s five stations.

KVM implement functionality to various degrees

KVM matrix switches operate hundreds of computers over one or more consoles. They are built to switch single- and dual-link DVI, VGA or display port, keyboard/mouse PS/2 or USB; USB 2.0 transparently and RS232 and audio signals

Project overview

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet and provides key maritime services to Canadians

Customer

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians.

Products

Digital KVM matrix switches: DVICenter and its peripherals

Result and benefits

The Canadian Coast Guard selected KVM from Guntermann & Drunck to equip their icebreaker CCGS Griffon. The hardware is used onboard to distribute critical navigation information to various positions on the bridge when breaking the way through ice.