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BigOceanData improves vessel tracking service

The BigOceanData vessel monitoring system is adding new functionality, with the system now providing Notices to Mariners as a background service while also adding distance tables to enhance routing capabilities. Weather and accessibility upgrades have additionally been added.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This data will be integrated into the BigOceanData interface, with users activating the NTM function to view notices that currently apply either on a global or local basis, with the description of each notice displayed on the current map.

The way that data is displayed depends on the type and format of each notice, the company says. For example, a depth change will be described in plain text, whereas a restricted area will be shown as a zone with descriptive text. Individual notices can be viewed directly from the map or via the NTM sub-menu.

Users can also choose how they access NTMs. If they wish, all of the notices for a given area can be displayed. For a more targeted approach, they can be filtered into any one or combination of seven sub-categories. These are Precautionary Area, Caution Area, Restricted Area, Depth Area, Harbour Area, Dredged Area and Anchor Berth.

The new distance tables meanwhile will allow port-to-port distances to be displayed and current location to port distances calculated and shown on screen. Where speed data for a vessel is also provided, updated ETA information can be displayed. Triggers can also be set to create notifications if the expected ETA deviates from the original calculated ETA.

BigOceanData has additionally introduced hurricane warnings to its portfolio of weather data feeds, allowing the predicted paths of hurricanes and tropical storms to be displayed on the mapping interface. This information is updated twice daily, and alerts can be set by users to notify them when vessels of interest find themselves in the predicted path of such depressions.

Lastly in this latest series of upgrades, a new version of the interface optimised for mobile as well as desktop devices has been released. BOD Mobile delivers the standard features of the desktop version, including the interactive map with its Google Earth and C-Map overlays, plus current and historic vessel positions and information, weather data, piracy and other security alerts and zones.{/mprestriction}

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