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Q1: Is the ULSTEIN X-CONNECT® limited to a specific application area?

A2: No, the platform is built to provide application flexibility. The platform supports marine systems as well as industrial systems, or other systems that require automatic control. The platform is built for real-time applications, supporting both small and large-scale systems.


Q2: Why is X-CONNECT® based on Linux? Is the operator stations available for Windows?

A2: We believe that Linux offers a platform that is both reliable and cultivates real-time properties. It also offers endless configuration possibilities that helps us to create different types of applications while keeping the customer’s needs and wishes as first priority. Qt5 supports both Linux and Windows, thus the operator stations might be compiled to Windows. However, we will strongly recommend to run the applications based on the new platform in Linux.


Q3: What are the differences between the new Ulstein platform ( ULSTEIN X-CONNECT®) compared to conventional system architectures?

A3: The difference is that it is flexible and scalable, and does not have centralized servers. Low level integration on serial, CAN and analog/digital I/O are associated with the vendor specific hardware and software. Thus we are able to integrate without too much involvement into the details as long as the vendor has API (Application Programmable Interface) for their I/O.


Q4: What are the benefits of ”configure to order” compared to ”engineering to order”, and how does this affect me as a customer?

A4: The benefit is quality, as human errors due to manual project work is minimized. Also faster response for changes and deviations are possible. The documentation is also according to delivery, since this is also produced with the configuration tool-chain.

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