Videoworks reveals details behind technology aboard luxury yacht Spectre

Italian technology company Videoworks is known for installing cutting-edge ...

Videoworks reveals details behind technology aboard luxury yacht Spectre

July 15, 2019

Written by Rachael Steele

Italian technology company Videoworks is known for installing cutting-edge technology aboard superyachts, perfectly integrating everything from lighting and audio-visual entertainment systems to network and CCTV security – and now Videoworks has released details on the technology installed aboard award-winning charter superyacht SPECTRE from Benetti.

Spectre – interior

Launched in 2018 and measuring 69.2m/227ft, motor yacht SPECTRE is as sophisticated in her engineering as she is in her appearance. She is available for charter in the Mediterranean from EUR€ 630,000 per week plus expenses.

The on board technology is concealed within the surroundings and guests will barely be aware that it is there at all while reaping all of its benefits: The interiors have beautiful art deco detailing in timeless surroundings that combine rich wooden panelling and matching furniture with upholstery in cream and gold. The beach club has warmer tones and navy blue sofas for a classic appearance with all the modern comforts, and this change in indoor ambiance leads to the bright and open exterior living areas.

The sundeck is a hub for outdoor socialising, and along the stern there is a swimming pool surrounded by large sunbeds and forward the wet bar will serve guests soaking in the water or socialising at the aft alfresco lounge.

Spectre – interior

The guest accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests across 6 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 double cabins and 1 convertible cabin, all of which have TVs, sound systems and iPads for entertainment and controlling the environment.

There is a crew of 14 on hand to ensure that guests receive first-class service throughout their time on board.

Audio-Video: A dedicated rack room installed with seven full-height racks serves as a centralised hub for the audio-visual technology. This prevents crew needing to access the cabins for maintenance work so that guests can unwind using the TV, speakers and iPads without interruption throughout their stay.

A full-height rack is in the wheelhouse and a smaller rack dedicated to networking and communications is placed elsewhere on board.

Spectre – running shot

Fibre-optics transmit the audio-video contents and in addition to the Kaleidescape film and music server, there is a crew-dedicated server that can access it using iPads. Around 1800 DVDs and Blu-ray discs with music and films have been pre-loaded complete with covers, metadata, actor information and additional special content. Each room also has its own HDMI socket close to the TV for displaying files from local sources.

The upper deck hosts a skylounge furnished with two TVs measuring 75″ and 49″ with independent audio systems. A matrix manages everything and allows for multiple configurations for parties, corporate events and more. European and American HD channels can be accessed via the Sea Tel 100 TV HD satellite dishes, meaning there is no need for LNB replacement when changing hemisphere.

Spectre – interior

Home Automation: The LED lighting inside and out is managed through the Crestron keyboards and DALI protocol, which have customised silk-screen buttons. Itworks, sister company to Videoworks, created a customised software to control the lights and save new configurations and settings. The crew is privy to a ‘secret’ procedure that restores the original settings.

An iPad app and Creston touch-screen can be used to control the silent Lutron-blinds, and the Owners can also use the iPads to call crew from anywhere on board M/Y SPECTRE – the call is displayed in the crew mess and the pantry.

NMEA navigation information auch as wind speed, cruising speed and more can be viewed via the Itworks app ‘Myinfos’.

Network & Cybersecurity: The on board security network is guaranteed by the Kerio NG500 system and Cisco professional products from the Catalyst and Aironet lines.

Spectre – interior

CCTV System:

On board, the CCTV system using dedicated Panasonic software on the PC touch panel manages 10 cameras, an interior and an exterior PTZ cameras, numerous fixed exterior cameras, a 360 degree fisheye camera, two observation and management stations in the crew mess and wheelhouse respectively. The Captain can make and review recordings using the Network Disk Recorder, and the CCTV system is also integrated into the Myinfos app on iPads.


The telephone system includes 17 cordless phones, 17 landlines, a buzzer, fax machine and light signals for calls from the Engine Room. All of this is managed by the telephone switchboard through a Cisco router and Cisco Unified Communication Manager software.


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