01. jul 2011
All over the world, today’s coastal states are faced with the task of effectively monitoring their exclusive economic fishing zones (EEZ) using GPS or satellite technology and patrol vessels. The need for effective, accessible, easy-to learn vessel monitoring systems (VMS) is no longer questioned.
vTrack provides authorities with an efficient and well-proven
system. vTrack is designed to ensure that accurate positions and
data from fishing vessels can be shared in real time among many
- Employees on shore
- Patrol vessels at sea
- Neighboring countries
- Fishing authorities, etc.
Loss - or poor handling - of this data is not only costly, it is
unacceptable. vTrack is optimized for easy use and fast learning
for any authority and for all user groups. The authorities using
vTrack can decide themselves what groups of users are needed and
assign relevant rights in the system. The number of users or user
groups is unlimited - it is all included in the server price.
Typical user groups
Inspectors on shore
The inspectors on shore all have real-time access to the
system, and they can see which vessels might enter the harbor on a
given day. With this information it is now easier to determine
which vessels may require a closer look and plan the physical
Inspectors at sea
Inspectors aboard patrol vessels can have exactly the
same access to the system as users stationed at the harbor. The
only difference is that patrol vessel users connect via satellite
with minimal loss in response time due to the system's optimization
for slow connections. Knowing the actual and former positions of
all relevant vessels in a certain area is of course very important
in order to plan and optimize the time spent on inspections at
Most often, users want to use historical information as input to
reports or different kinds of calculations. When historical data is
found and displayed on a map, it is also possible to export this
data directly to spreadsheets or statistical applications allowing
the position data to be reused.
The system has a number of activity reports. One of these
reports is the documentation of positions received from and
transmitted to other countries within a certain period of time.
These reports can later on be used to verify the activities of
vessels in various areas at various times. For example, if a vessel
owner is questioned in a court of law, the data from the VMS system
contained in an activity report can be used as evidence. Since the
original positions received from the vessels are stored without any
modification in the database, the risk that the VMS system has
calculated incorrectly is eliminated. From a legal perspective the
data is accurate.
With vTrack, the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) users have a
powerful tool to monitor large numbers of vessels. A number of
reports help the control center users to get the overview they
need, e.g. 'missing data episodes', 'data delay warnings' or
'current active flag states'. Also the grouping of vessels is a
quick and efficient way to perform targeted control.
The control center user also specifies and monitors alarms and
missing transmissions as well as having the ability to change the
data exchange format between the countries without calling IT
developers. This feature also enables position information to be
send to new countries in new exchanges formats, as well as to other
public authorities in completely different formats including
e-mail, SMS or XML.
The tasks for the IT administrator are minimized with vTrack.
Each client only needs a web browser from one of the major browser
vendors without any plug-ins. In addition, the vTrack super-users
create new users, which require absolutely no involvement from the
An upgrade of the system is another task, which may otherwise
typically require considerable time and IT resources. But with
vTrack only a server side upgrade is necessary, eliminating the
need to plan, and perform client side upgrades. This also
eliminates typical compatibility problems introduced on the client
side between the upgraded component and the existing ones.
vTrack has been designed for and tested by authorities. It has
proven its efficiency and ease of use at all customer sites.
See a list of vTrack customers here