Yes, potentially, if it supports enough of the devices I’ll have onboard.
There’s also going to be a device called a FloatHub onboard, and it interfaces with up to 3 battery banks and 3 bilge pumps (for monitoring them). That and tapping into the NMEA-0183 data bus for GPS and other navigational data.
There’s also an NMEA-2000 bus on the boat, with data from a variety of drivetrain instruments along with two C-12 caterpillar diesel engines with a J1939 CANBUS. Much of this also connects to an Ethernet network with data for RADAR and a Wifi/cellular uplink bridge.
My immediate goal is remote monitoring of the batteries/bilges and that’ll get handled largely by the FloatHub. It’ll go out through the on-board Wirie wifi/cell uplink.
The next step being remote camera monitoring, which will likely get handled by a 4-channel Axis M7014 video encoder. That has the ability to feed into the Furuno chartplotters via MJPEG, but also supports it’s own on-board motion detecting and alerting. The four Furuno MFD12 chartplotters are not the latest and greatest and are limited in what video resolutions they’ll support. So I’m using a video encoder that supports analog cameras. Additionally the encoder supports motion detecting and alerting, so that comes along ‘for free’. This as opposed to four separate IP cameras. I’m looking into FLIR night-vision but that’s not an immediate priority as we don’t do a lot of boating after dark.
Beyond that the Hub could be handy in handling remote turn off of gear if battery levels become too low. Doesn’t do me much good to have a lot of gizmos draining batteries in the process of babysitting the boat. So a Hub being in charge of relays, coupled with some scripting could be useful in killing power when necessary.
Eventually, if connectivity proves consistent, I’ll likely add an Amazon Echo for voice control. For audio and lighting but perhaps other functionality if scripting and 12v circuit control proves viable.