Originally Posted by Heikki
That really is an interesting site! A sense of big borther watching is a bit hard to avoid, however, unless one is trying to hide out, that is maybe not too bad at all. A kind of a safety
We are sailing a lot in the Baltic
Sea with some areas with very heavy commercial
trafic. Even with currently no AIS on board, I will now be able to see what is going on around me - as long as my mobile internet has coverage.
sure is no alternative to radar
, however, it provides a lot of additional information and from a longer distance.
Rather than tracking AIS traffic by cellular internet connection, get a real AIS receiver. The websites are not in real time. AIS is not in exact real time either, but its much closer, by two or three seconds at most in my experience.
Just for curiosity's sake, I have watched boats in real time from my boat
while passing by them while linked by cellular modem
to the internet on one of these AIS websites. (yes, I do have boring days occasionally where doing geek stuff like this keeps me entertained
) The websites have too much of a time delay to rely on them for AIS navigation
Besides, by the time you pay for all the data downloaded to your computer through your cellular connection, you could have bought a real AIS receiver for less. I don't know what cellular modem
rates are in the Baltic but in the States its around 30 bucks a month, times 12 months is more than a cheap
AIS receiver. I just don't want others getting the same unsafe idea.