To Kongsberg, integration means improved operational awareness and safer navigation. By interconnecting subsystems and provide for unified user interfaces and announcement of system messages on the bridge, focus is on the navigation tasks rather than on interaction with multiple separate instruments. Formed in a user centred design process, users and human factor specialists have developed K-Bridge INS to become an optimal platform supporting decisions made by professional navigators. Voyage planning, collision avoidance and route monitoring may be the most critical of such. But K-Bridge takes the functional integration further by also regarding the autopilot/track pilot, Bridge Navigator Watch System, BAM and control of bridge auxiliaries as equally important for navigation
task execution. These functions can therefore be made available through the same user interface as the primary radar/ARPA and ECDIS functions.