I am in talks with Marine
Traffic,one of the largest developers/providers of AIS
targets around the world,with a hope to be able to offer a world-wide AIS plugin
for the popular OpenCPN
The AIS coverage,by internet
and now also by satellite
across the oceans,is considerable,as you can see by the attached screen-dumps.
The idea would be to offer AIS services at different stages,depending upon requirements of the users.
1. The BASIC plugin
would display ALL the present Internet based
targets,sometimes with time delays for free,as presently offered generally bu Marine
Traffic and others.
2. At a monthly payment of US 13.- you will have world-wide AIS Satellite
access for one specific ship/yacht in order to be able to follow her across the world´s oceans.
3. A monthly fee,depending upon how many yachts are involved in for example an offshore regatta
,will give the organizers and others full access to the movement and progress of the fleet.
4. Yachting clubs may wish to take out a monthly membership
for all their members in the name of the club,for special events
or for specific periods.
Such a feature in OpenCPN
would be of great interest to family
and friends,yachting clubs and boat delivery
companies and new owners who can follow the progress of the deliveries.
Although the OpenCPN rules of plugins states that no fees/cost must be a condition of any plugin,a small,initial fee could be charged for the construction of the plugin,perhaps also paid monthly?
The reason for this entry is to get an idea of how many are interested in such a plugin,to make the effort worthwhile.