Integrated Platform Management System


Integrated Platform Management System

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Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine has over 30 years system integration and navigation experience with Machinery Control Systems and Integrated Platform Management System solutions. We provide both highly survivable distributed machinery control systems (MCAS) for commercial vessels such as yachts, ferries and cruise ships and defence vessels such as fast patrol vessels, offshore patrol vessels, and Coast Guard.

Sophisticated Control System Solution: reduce space, weight and cabling

The Integrated Platform Management Systems (IPMS) is a sophisticated  control system solution for naval vessels such as frigates, aircraft carriers and submarines. Our IPMS incorporates propulsion, electrical, HVAC, auxiliary and damage control systems into one integrated solution. The integration of the system also eliminates standalone third party control equipment reducing space, weight and cabling and providing increased supportability through commonality.

Key Benefits of the Integrated Platform Management System:

  • Flexible modular design
  • Reduce cost with condition based maintenance
  • Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) based solutions
  • Quick response and complete awareness with high definition displays
  • Integrated turn-key solutions
  • Cost effective with high levels of automation

Pioneer in Integrated Platform Management Systems

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is a pioneer in delivering Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Integrated Platform Management Systems into the defence market place, using advanced computer-based technology to control and monitor platform machinery and on-board systems. It comprises sensors, actuators, remote terminal units and real-time data processing for information display and control operations from multifunction consoles.


Machinery Control System

Integrated Platform Management System

Machinery Control & Surveillance (MCAS) from Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is easily configurable. These control systems are type-approved and deliver market leading Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology. With open standard technologies and advanced networking, the MCAS needs fewer cables making it cost-effective and reducing risk. The MCAS also features standard interfacing for ease of use and increased telemetry.

Control System Benefits:

  • Existing technologies increases familiarity and supportability, reduces risk
  • COTS based, cost effective, low maintenance systems
  • Reduce whole life cost across the fleet
  • 3000 I/O capability
  • Hardware and Controls commonality
  • Commissioning, Maintenance & Training

Leading Integrated Platform Management Systems

The Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides real-time diagnostics of the status of the ship and its machinery conditions. The innovative alarm, monitoring and control system is specifically designed for the requirements of naval ships, submarines and retro fit.

Commercial Technologies for Navies

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is a pioneer in delivering COTS Integrated Platform Management Systems into the defence market place, using advanced computer-based technology to control and monitor platform machinery and on-board systems. It comprises sensors, actuators, remote terminal units and real-time data processing for information display and control operations from multifunction consoles.


Integrated Bridge System Technology

Integrated Bridge System

The Integrated Bridge System (IBS) is based on Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT technology, with proprietary TotalWatch multi-function workstations using widescreen high-resolution monitors. Each TotalWatch station can be configured to show images from the ship’s radars, electronic chart systems and conning information, as well as closed-circuit TV images.


Integrated Platform Management System Features

Integrated Platform Management System

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) is system-engineered to meet naval hardware standards for shock, vibration, temperature and electromagnetic compatibility requirements. Standard IPMS features include:

  • Machinery alarm monitoring and control
  • Auxiliary systems alarm monitoring and control
  • Safety management
  • Condition-based monitoring (CBM)
  • Optional Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Secure remote access
  • Managed through Integrated Life Support (ILS package)

COTS Based Hardware

Based on Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s innovative approach to configuring Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware, the IPMS will reduce life cycle costs and minimize risk.

Full Fault Diagnostic

The IPMS features a fully integrated, scalable control and monitoring package, offering complex functionality in a highly instinctive display for reduced operator load and manning levels.

SIL 2/3 Safety Systems

The IPMS is highly reliable with SIL 2/3 safety systems. The sophisticated automation allows optimised resilience and redundancy. With damage surveillance and control software the operator can manage events in real-time.

Customised Solution

The open architecture of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s IPMS reduces life cycle costs through reduced manning requirements and logistics burden. The system’s open architecture allows interfacing with third-party equipment via standard field-bus technology to provide an extremely versatile and expandable solution, including:


Redundant Ring Network Architecture

The control systems are based on a dedicated redundant switched Ethernet local area network for complete field-to-server data links. The Ethernet ring is structured around dual redundant servers in hot back up configuration for decentralized control and monitoring of all subsystems.

Distributed I/O

Multiple I/O outstations are located around the vessel adjacent to the systems they are monitoring to minimise cabling requirements. The distributed I/O outstations utilize industrial-grade hardware.


The IPMS network permits multiple workstations and computers to be connected to the network ring. It can be integrated with other VisionMaster FT systems for display and control from a TotalWatch multi-function workstation on the bridge.


The system is designed to support flexible CCTV and IR sensor capability. CCTV and IR images can be displayed in pop-up windows as desired. This functionality integrates into the same network and screens with optional pan, tilt and zoom.

Dependable Hardware and Software

The extensive use of industrial hardware and software for all critical components ensures reduced life-cycle costs for customers. The scalable network is open-ended for easy upgrade to accommodate future requirements without extensive cabling or additional hardware.


IPMS Consoles

Integrated Platform Management System

For both Machinery Control Automation System (MCAS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) solutions, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides newly designed consoles which are based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) military specifications, shock rated, and yet cost-effective.

Our operator display technology provides operators with an intuitive touch screen based user interface. Our displays have undergone extensive design optimisation to ensure that every operator is provided with the information they require to perform their tasks without overload from extraneous data. Our operator configurable alarm filtering features reduce the number of nuisance alarms, without disabling vital alerts.


Console concepts offering:

  •  Modular design
  • Side by side, with or without keyboards
  • With or without ‘top hat’ screen
  • 1920x1080p touchscreen technology
  • Webcam (with audio)
  • Independent (modular) multipurpose 12” touch screen
  • Interaction with HMI via keyboard, trackerball, touch screen or without physical connection using gestures within 4 ft of the screen


Generators HMI Screen


Propulsion HMI Screen

Monitor Controls: Anywhere, Anytime

Next to standard consoles, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine also provides portable displays. The Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) can now be monitored from anywhere on the vessel using portable devices which also offer voice and text communication capabilities.

The IPMS provides a range of solutions suitable for vessels of any size and type, encompassing all aspects of platform management. The systems scalable architecture is designed to meet the full range of shipboards requirements, from simple to complex environments.

The Emergency Control Panel features:

  • Designed to withstand Shock
  • Battery backed up
  • Can host SNI equipment
Integrated Platform Management System