BAE Systems has developed a new analytical tool, which monitors the UK Royal Navy ships and highlights any potential faults in real-time.

Known as System Information Exploitation (SIE), the tool can process a large amount of equipment data samples per second and the information is then securely relayed for an immediate assessment and diagnosis from the ship to shore.

This intelligent monitoring of big data enables BAE Systems and the Royal Navy crew to assess the ship equipment condition and allowing them to prepare for the ship’s return to port while saving time as well as money.

"SIE is like having an automated watch-keeper able to record and analyse vast amounts of data on a constant basis."

BAE Systems SIE innovator Matt Albans said: “SIE is like having an automated watch-keeper able to record and analyse vast amounts of data on a constant basis.

“As the system does this in real time, we can identify potential faults and resolve them before they become an operational issue.

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“SIE is part of our commitment to deploy our talent, skills and innovation to deliver for our customers. Having the capability to predict when small problems could eventually impact a naval ship’s performance is extremely beneficial to the Royal Navy.”

The system has already undergone testing on the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.

All six Type 45 destroyers are expected to be fitted with BAE’s SIE, with plans to integrate it on future platforms including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

Installation on the destroyers will be carried out this year and in 2017.

Image: SIE evaluates the condition of the ship’s equipment. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.