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Old 08-06-2018, 06:28   #1
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Boat monitoring system?

Hi,
Is anyone familiar with boat monitoring and tracking systems?
I'm looking to install something on mine and any suggestions or info will be welcome...
Thanks, Emil
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:50   #2
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Re: Boat monitoring system?

Where do you use your boat?

What information do you want to track?

What's your budget?
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:58   #3
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Re: Boat monitoring system?

If boat is in cell phone range, you can put a cell phone with GPS on the boat, plugged into 12V power. With your other cell phone you can inquire as to boat's location, anchor drag etc. - free apps, at worst a couple of dollars. You can set up if anchor drags, or moves beyond a circle zone then the boat cell can text a warning to you.


Alternatively if your boat has AIS transmitter and is in range of a tower you can track it on Marine Traffic.com At some point this service (for a fee) may also track AIS by satellite.


Other thing would be a satellite tracking system, maybe expensive.
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:18   #4
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Re: Boat monitoring system?

Try to apply for Boat Vitals “Early Adopters” program of the new version of BOAT-VITALS – “Advanced Endpoint” – and if manage to squeeze in you will get the device on factory price (only the cost of the materials) – and one year free server subscription for about €50 .


The device measures and shows:

- Start Battery Voltage
- House Battery Voltage
- Temperature
- Humidity
- Water in bilges
- GPS Location

Support communicates with the server by:

- Mobile Internet (GPRS / 3G / 4G) with SIM card (traffic <1 MB per year)
- WiFi (to Phone / MiFi or Marina / Coffee)
- Radio (IoT) - if the marina / club is already included in BOAT-VITALS

The data can be viewed in real-time - as well as GPS tracking points:

- Internet via laptop/desktop or mobile device:
Example : http://www.boat-vitals.com/display.h...MM_HH.mm-GPS40

Example Mobile :

- Bluetooth on a mobile device (IOS & Android):
Example:

- On the device's OLED screen

The data is sent to the server every half hour by keeping all the data of the day and displayed on as a chart and averaged for each day for the last 2 months

In case someone wants to participate in “Early Adopters” program please PM will include him/her in the program.

Some useful Q&A's found on the website:

The "Advanced" version consumes 1AH per day, The "Regular" version 0.12AH per day.

The “Advanced” version transfers 4656 bytes per day. 1.5MB per year
The "Regular" version transfers 816 bytes per day, i.e. 0.3MB per year - but there is no free traffic as it passes through IoT

The annual subscription for those who join “Early Adopters” is €5/5 per year.

For “Advanced” version if the customer wants to have mobile communication, through a mobile operator rather than sharing the Internet on his phone when the boat is not in the range of Radio (Io
T) - customer's SIM card with internet is required - the lowest tariff plan will be sufficient and will remain largely unused in reality. In UK Vodafone has a Pay-As-You-Go 10 for 3 months including roaming.

The most common usage scenarios are:

1. You want to have the information for your boat only when the boat is at the berth or visiting marinas that are joined BOAT-VITALS IoT network and look at it remotely -> you get a "Regular" version - cost €35/35 currently and €5/5 per year subscription.

2. You want to watch the boat when it's at the berth without you and also when you're on the boat by just sharing the internet from your phone – you get "Advanced" version and the whole cost is the upfront €50/50 with "Early Adopters" program and €5/5 per year subscription from the second year thereafter.

3. You want to watch the boat when it's at the berth without you and also when you're on the boat or not on it and when she's in a bay outside of any WiFi or IoT range and without sharing the internet the from your phone – you get "Advanced" version and the whole cost is the upfront €50/50 with "Early Adopters" program and €5/5 per year subscription from the second year thereafter and the SIM card tariff price that you choose.(In the UK Vodafone has a Pay-As-You-Go 10 for 3 months including roaming)

The "Advanced" version has everything that "Regular" has + GPS, WiFi, OLED display, Bluetooth, GPRS / 3G
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:38   #5
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Re: Boat monitoring system?

GOST has been doing it for years. Proven, Reliable, easy to use cell and satellite tracking.
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