Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monitoring Vessel in Laptop

Computer have been appliance and can not dissociating in daily activity especially in Shipping activity for monitoring of vessel and cargo.
Several computer programs have been created for use with AIS data. The AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a system used by ships and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) principally for identification and locating vessels. AIS provides a means for ships to electronically exchange ship data including: identification, position, course, and speed, with other nearby ships and VTS stations. This information can be displayed on a screen or an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System is a specific form of computer-based navigation information system) display. AIS is intended to assist the vessel's watchstanding officers and allow maritime authorities to track and monitor vessel movements. It works by integrating a standardized VHF transceiver system with an electronic navigation system, such as a LORAN-C (LOng RAnge Navigation Version C) or Global Positioning System receiver, and other navigational sensors on board ship (gyrocompass, rate of turn indicator, etc.).

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires AIS to be fitted aboard international voyaging ships with gross tonnage (GT) of 300 or more tons, and all passenger ships regardless of size. It is estimated that more than 40,000 ships currently carry AIS class A equipment.

With the information available on laptop computer and can get a lot more functionality out of it. The laptop can alert you when a new ship has been found, it can alert you if you are going to be within a certain distance of a ship. You can also use NOAA's free ENC maps with the program, or make your own maps, or share the information over a local wireless network and publish it to the internet. The sky is the limit as compared to a stand-alone read-out that will be less versital and only have minimal charts if any

A laptop computer, also known as a notebook computer, is a small personal computer designed for mobile use. A laptop integrates all of the typical components of a desktop computer, including a display, a keyboard, a pointing device (a touchpad, also known as a trackpad, or a pointing stick) and a battery into a single portable unit. The rechargeable battery is charged from an AC/DC adapter and has enough capacity to power the laptop for several hours.
With the major computer manufacturers are becoming increasingly power-conscious, laptop users can now be power users. Increased competition among computer companies like Sony, Apple, HP, Dell, Toshiba, etc, has forced them to lower prices and offer greater flexibility in design and specifications of laptops. User can custom order a laptop to suit your specific needs

Laptop or Notebooks use general-purpose operating systems, either a custom version of a GNU/Linux or Windows XP Home Edition. Many advanced users can be found heavily active on Internet forums discussing the installation of their choice of operating system such as Ubuntu Notebook Remix or Windows XP Professional (now Microsoft have release new operating system Window Vista). Various notebook manufacturers are said to be catching on, and now pre-installing Ubuntu Notebook Remix. Notebooks are capable of running full office applications; however, users often rely on applications and services available on the Internet (known as cloud computing) instead, as there are usually fewer hardware requirements.

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