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A practical example of FOTA in action

  In our last newsletter, we discussed briefly the benefits of FOTA (firmware-over-the-air), the technology integrated into every BlueTraker terminal. FOTA enables us to remotely update and/or upgrade the terminal without interrupting its operation. Coincidentally, we just had a case where several BlueTraker VMS terminals on the field showed unexpected high speeds or displaced positions. …

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No cables, computers or costly visits to the vessel for updating BlueTraker terminals

What better way to end the year than with some exciting news from the industry. But first, let’s get a bit technical and talk about FOTA for a moment. FOTA stands for ‘firmware-over-the-air’ and is a well-known concept. It’s the invisible technology behind smartphone and tablet updates and upgrades that we believe happen automagically (yes, …

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BlueTraker Equipped Russian Tanker Traversed Northern Sea Route In Record Time

On July 31st Russian tanker Christophe de Margerie with 75.656 tons of liquified natural gas onboard finished transit from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South Korea through northern Arctic sea route. The journey was made in a record time of just 19 days without any aid of specialized ice-breaking vessels for the first time. This historical …

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BlueTraker VMS proves best choice for the UK fisheries VMS and ERS systems

Following the previous UK tender success, AST-EMA consortium supplied equipment for the new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and  Electronic Reporting System (ERS) for UK Fisheries, based on the BlueTraker® VMS, to be tested by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and UKFA. Extensive testing was conducted by the UKFA during the …

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BlueTraker VMS receives Type Approval for Canadian market

BlueTraker® VMS high-security fisheries monitoring satellite terminals have received a Type Approval from the Canadian authority. With this approval, BlueTraker® devices gained permission for distribution in the Canadian market. On November 25 2015, after an extensive testing approval process on land and at sea, Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO) has placed the BlueTraker® VMS terminal on …

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Hardware Embedded Geozones

Inside every BlueTraker VMS terminal, there is a feature that we call ‘Hardware Embedded Geozones’. Hardware Embedded Geozones offer a big advantage over Software Geozones that ‘live’ in the computers of the FMC. But what are Geozones and why should FMC use them? Why should they care about the difference between Hardware Embedded Geozones or …

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Las ventajas de usar los Puertos Autorizados de BlueTraker

Los terminales VMS de BlueTraker permiten a los Centros de Monitoreo Pesquero, rastrear y vigilar sus flotas pesqueras dondequiera que ellas viajen y pesquen en el mar. Sin embargo, los barcos pesqueros no pasan todo su tiempo en el océano. Gran parte de la vida de los barcos pesqueros transcurre en el puerto (entregando capturas …

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The advantages of using BlueTraker ‘Authorized Ports’

BlueTraker VMS terminals allow Fisheries Monitoring Centres (FMCs) to track and monitor their fishing fleets wherever they voyage and fish on the sea. However, fishing vessels do not spend all their time on the ocean. Much of a fishing vessels life is spent in port (delivering fish catches, crew changes, maintenance etc.) and for these …

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BlueTraker to exploit the even higher speeds and bandwidth from Iridiums NEXT satellites in LEO

BlueTraker is developing new solutions and services for vessel tracking, fleet management and the next generation of IoT systems that will exploit the functionalities supported by the new Iridium satellites. On the 14th of January 2017 BlueTraker’s technology partner Iridium launched 10 new satellites into Low-Earth orbit with SpaceX reusable rockets. Due to the sheer …

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BlueTraker SSAS and BlueTraker SSAS Arctic receive Germanischer Lloyd Type Approval

BlueTraker® SSAS and SSAS Arctic, an Iridium based Ship Security Alert Systems have been rewarded with a Type Approval Certificate from the GL (Germanischer Lloyd) Type Approval Systems this January. They are both self-contained units with preprogrammed tracking and security alerting functionalities. The unique double-shell housing with a ventilated layer between the two shells gives …

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