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Its not a black box - its an orange cylinder

 
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I boarded a large container ship yesterday to check-up on some equipment we have installed, and noticed this up on the monkey island.



I was surprised to see it, but it does make sense to that you would want some kind of journey recorder on these big ships.
 
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As far as I know, a "black" box is orange so that it is easily spotted when searching through a pile of rubble.
 
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One of the many custom IT systems that ships use.  From what little I know it records the ships status and voyage details and therefore it is plugged into the ships major systems.  Expect it has a homing beacon to assist surface or underwater recovery.

I know that some vehicle insurance companies have started offering lower premiums if you allow them to install a black box which records journey details.  
Almost Orwellian in some ways (IMHO).        

   
 
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Peter Rooke wrote:Almost Orwellian in some ways (IMHO).



Two-edged sword. If the plane that disappeared off Brazil had been more more trackable, then it wouldn't have taken so long to find it. And then, of course, there's MH370. That was supposed to have accelerated a push towards having real-time GPS info beamed up via satellite.

The ship that went down between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico several years back courtesy of a hurricane whose name I forget (but felt!) I think was being satellite tracked. In any event there was plenty of data indicating that the captain didn't allow wide enough berth. Also, marine vessels are supposed to carry emergency beacons (EPIRB) that should automatically activate when the ship sinks.


I've changed my thinking about Orwell's ubiquitous tele-screens. We, the people have festooned ourselves voluntarily with far more tracking devices (and data entry) than The Party ever would have. All I ask now is that government be as willing to share data as to collect it.

On the other hand, the part of Orwell I like less and less every day is the part where the truth is whatever The Party says it is and the frenzied unthinking worship they had for Big Brother.
 
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