The BlueTraker marine graded terminals are onboard tracking devices with embedded Satellite, GSM/GPRS modems, GPS receiver and backup rechargeable battery. The BlueTraker terminal's latest generation are offered to the market, upgrading connectivity possibilities to support remote vessels monitoring for various purposes. Terminal’s ability to connect to external (Third Party) hardware is supported by integrated:
- RS485 serial port;
- CAN bus;
- RS422 serial port (optional);
- two digital inputs;
- one relay output (optional).
To offer physical connectivity layer is not enough, therefore BlueTraker satellite terminals support various communication protocols like:
- MODBUS RTU over RS485;
- NMEA2000 over CAN Bus;
- J1939 over CAN bus.
Hybrid Communication System – SAT and GSM/GPRS
BlueTraker VMS terminals use a hybrid communication system that dramatically reduces reporting costs by using GPRS communication when in coastal waters but while on the high seas seamlessly switching to the Iridium satellite constellation.
Device Security Features
BlueTraker VMS was designed with a high level of mechanical and electrical safety and security features to avoid any tampering or fraud. The most noticeable features are an integrated design, tamper detection, antenna blockage detection, unique serial numbers engraved into the housing and unique security seals.
Ensuring fishermen’s safety
Fishermen’s safety onboard the vessel is drastically improved by offering integrated IN-PORT and ALERT buttons into the connection box. The BlueTraker VMS alert function is unique in that it will work even when the ship’s power goes down and also provides a distress call acknowledgement message which provides the fishermen with peace of mind knowing that someone is coming to their aid.
Up to 100 geographical areas (polygons and associated rules, e.g. vessel speed, time intervals,…) in the form of Geofences can be remotely uploaded, edited, activated and deactivated for each and every BlueTraker VMS terminal using land-based servers and the over-the-air upgrade feature. Specific geographical areas can be defined and specific operational rules can be put into effect (e.g. increased reporting frequency). Alerts can also be put in place for when a vessel is traversing geographical areas or a Geofence.
With the worldwide eLogbook initiative gathering pace helping to eradicate Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing (IUU); Fisheries Monitoring Centres need to be ready to introduce Electronic Reporting Systems to ensure the traceability of their fleet’s catches. BlueTraker VMS integrates with Octopus 10, an advanced touchscreen tablet computer with built-in data-pass functionality for transferring »Catch« reports. Octopus 10 allows only approved Electronic Reporting Systems (ERS) to be integrated and authentication is required each time »Catch« report is sent using BlueTraker VMS ensuring that the system cannot be ‘spoofed’.
BlueTraker VMS terminal, as the most important element of any VMS systems worldwide, offers a wide array of unparalleled benefits, unequalled on the global market:
Lower operating costs and high frequency of position reports at the same time
Seamless automatic switching from GPRS to SAT channel and back
Low installation cost, improved safety & security through one-cable installation, connecting the device to the power source
No need for any on-site terminal updates. BlueTraker terminals use FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) upgrading
Reliable and cost-efficient operation through a robust and maintenance-free device
Enables integration with the existing FMC infrastructure regardless of the communication channel
Operates for up to 3 full days on the embedded battery in the event of an external power failure
Unrivaled safety and security level
Fully compliant with Council Regulation (EC) Nos.2371/2002 and 1224/2009.