The fabulous world of onboard home automation


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In this time of enforced distance from one’s boat(HERE, region by region, we tell you if you can reach it for maintenance work or if you still have to wait) we have touched on how crucial it is to keep an eye on it. “Will the bilges be okay? What about the batteries, since I left the terminals connected, will they be okay? What if mold eats my pillows and mattresses?” So many shipowners don’t sleep at night.

But there is a solution that allows you to never get off board even if you are on the couch at home. These are the remote boat monitoring systems: While home automation has been a reality for years now, the world of “barcotica,” as we call it, is a relatively young and growing phenomenon.

With remote monitoring, you can sleep soundly because thanks to “barcotica” you will keep a constant eye on your smartphone, tablet or PC for everything you need. Battery status, smoke, bilge, temperatures, engine status, heating and air conditioning systems, refrigerator, lights, and more. You will receive alerts in case of suspicious boat movements, intruders on board, and if you have cameras you can also see how your “loved one” is doing.


We talked about how “barcotica” helps us not to lose sight of the object of our passion (and how to get to our own customized home automation system on board), with Charles Brevini, who is not only the communication specialist for Garmin Marine – which is developing more and more Empirbus, an integrated system for the connected boat-but it’s a big home automation ‘hang-up’.


Here is the full interview, in the player below.



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