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Peter’s Blog 5 SAILMON

In my most recent blog, I described the set of features available to the SAILMON platform now, but we have much higher ambitions. And Enno and Kalle have plans for that, too. Let me give you a sneak preview of Enno and Kalle’s roadmap

– The creation of the SAILMON portal, to make the “replay” option available for all data and video footage captured during the race;

– We will add software for debriefing and visual recap of your races. This is a big help in crew-debriefings: the minute the boat hits the dock a visual compilation of the highlights of a race is instantly available to be replayed on any size graphical screen – including replaying it on the SAILMON screens on board. For the Grand Prix Pro racing teams, the compilation will be longer, and in more detail. For the beer can racers, it is an approximately 5 minutes recap. And of course, replaying the whole race is possible as well, with video and boat data. Including fast forward, slow motion and jump-to functionalities;

– Performance- and race analyses software to assist this footage. So, how did we sail compared to our polars, or, how were tactics compared to the ideal tactical race (after a race is finished the perfect tactical race can be calculated). Which tacks were good, and what then was the AWA and boatspeed before and after the tack, f.e;

– A smaller, battery powered, “sportboat” or even “dinghy” version of Model E4, mounted in a small housing including a low power consumption screen. To be WiFi connected to a wind sensor (solid state wind sensor for dinghies);

– A software-only version of the SAILMON Model E4 to run on a smartphone. Just add a solid state WiFi wind sensor and off you go. All SAILMON data available on your arm or even wrist. Perfect even for Optimists!

– Another configuration would be to mount a small, lightweight, full color, e-Ink, WiFi enabled display on the mast of your dinghy to display the SAILMON data. Low power consumption, and modified by SAILMON to have a higher refreshment rate;

– The “SAILMON Parallel Universe” will facilitate re-running raw data previously recorded on board, in order to perform online computer simulated calibration for example.

ONE single platform, ONE single architecture
One of the charms of the whole concept is that all of this is available using just one single platform, one single architecture. From Superyacht or Grand Prix racing boats to Optimists. And everything in between!

Unlike all traditional manufacturers, the SAILMON architecture is based on the principle of graphical screens – monochrome or full color.

Graphical was -and is- the way to go. 4 examples:

1) Graphical screens are being produced in very, very large numbers (the screens on smartphones, tablets, smartwatches etc are all graphical). Because of the large volumes, these screens come at very competitive price levels. Since all of these screens are graphical, they seamlessly and effortlessly integrate with SAILMON;

2) Meaning, in the long run, it is very likely the quality of the high-volume production screens will (significantly) improve. (Sunlight) readability, resolution and waterproofing will continue to better and better. Maybe, in a couple of years, the SAILMON screens as we know them now, will be obsolete, as an iPad screen will have (close to) the same specifications – at a fraction of the price SAILMON can produce them now…;

3) The latest development in screens now are e-Ink displays. We have modified a certain type of e-Ink screen, allowing unusually high refreshment rates. As a result, this e-Ink screen now successfully can be used as a SAILMON display, even available in full color!!! Still in beta, and still relatively expensive – but over time, prices will come down. e-Ink screens are the best thinkable solution for smaller racing boats like sportboats, or even dinghies. Excellent readability, extremely low power consumption, and lightweight. And for a night race, just mount your iPad or smartphone at the mast instead..

4)Google Glass might not have been an instant success, but over time, this will evolve. We will make sure these kind of devices can be used with Model E4 Processor – relatively easy given our graphical bases!

SAILMON: now affordable for Everyone, on Every device or screen, Every sensor, Everywhere you are…. Model E4!

America’s Cup coverage for any sailboat race in the world
The ultimate goal is to have every boat use the Model E4 software and architecture. And then, if all data and video footage of all (racing) boats is combined, and race analyses software is added, every sailing race can be covered the same way the latest America’s Cup races were covered….at a fraction of the cost!

So, given all this innovation and market opportunities, we realised it was time for the next step. To become a serious player in this market, a couple of this we needed to do. We called this SAILMON 2.0 in September 2016. I will fill you in on all aspects of SAILMON 2.0 in my next Blog, Peter’s Blog 6…….

Peter Houtzagers

Peter (1961), Bachelor Business Administration (Nyenrode) is a serial entrepreneur - and sailor too. As from 1989, Peter co-founded ventures like contactcenters 2Contact in Haarlem and Den Bosch, on-line food supplements shop Flinndal, Certain Credit Management, Space Payload Integrator AlphaSparks, Online Media Agency Fresh Toast, and nautical instrument solution provider Sailmon. Peter owns the Lemsteraak BS2.