by Cadden 53 -

BANANAS, short for “Berthing And NAvigatioN Aid System” is a new generation high precision PPU (Portable Pilot Unit).

From the outset its design was motivated by the objective of offering a genuine tailor-made tool for pilots, grouping together many innovations combined with totally reworked ergonomics.

A BANANAS system has 2, robust, leak-tight and wireless beacons which have the following specifications:

GNSS RTK position: 1cm
Heading measurement: 0.02° (for 10m of base line)
Roll or Pitch measurement: 0.04° (for 10m of base line)
Speed measurement: 1cm/sec
Rate-of-turn measurement: <0.1°/min
Squat calculation
BANANAS beacons have a very high degree of connectivity to their environment, making the pilot’s work much easier:

UHF Modem
3G+ Modem
Wifi Modem
AIS receiver
It has unlimited autonomy as the NiMH batteries are hot swappable. The initial 6h autonomy per battery becomes unlimited as the user can easily change the battery block without switching off the system and the navigation.

Cadden has enrolled competent partners to jointly complete this project: the Grand Port Maritime de Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and D-ICE Engineering. In 2015, the BANANAS project obtained a label from the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique.

BANANAS is part ot the GEOD® range of products, designed and manufactured y Cadden.
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