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Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Launches CompassNet at SMM 2016

ne Launches CompassNet at SMM 2016

NEW MALDEN, United Kingdom, 2016-09-06 17:26 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit announced
the launch of CompassNet, a network-connected ship heading management system
which allows for the deployment of different configurations which can be
upgraded easily and affordably at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Maritime
technology show (SMM) in Hamburg, Germany.

CompassNet allows multiple ship heading management controls through the
groundbreaking use of standard Ethernet connectivity to link the heading
sensors and the distribution portion of the heading management system. As a
fully type-approved system, it provides improved efficiency for a wide range of
sensors and controls configurations from a basic setup to more complex
arrangements with redundant monitoring stations. CompassNet will benefit a wide
range of vessels including high-end commercial ships, cruise liners, and survey
vessels as well as military support and control vessels.

“The flexibility of CompassNet, combined with a significant decrease in the
cabling required, makes the system particularly attractive to shipyards for new
builds,” said Jeanne Usher, managing director, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.
“The reduction in both material quantities and installation time will create
lower costs for shipyards and owners.”

CompassNet improves system redundancy and resiliency by offering “plug and
play” functionality through the use of fewer required control and display
units. With a reduction in cabling requirements of up to 80 percent, the system
reduces installation and commissioning costs. Fewer connections make it easier
to enhance heading management requirements with additional equipment.
Functionality is further simplified through the use of two 24V DC power sources
for all components. Additionally, a Sperry Marine NAVITWIN V control and
display unit allows for connecting up to five heading sensors. Besides the
installation process, Ethernet technology in a Sperry Marine heading management
system facilitates modularity and improves reliability, operational performance
and consequently navigational safety.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike,
and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.


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