Articles written by Lars Brandstäter

Update: Wednsday, 2009-09-09

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[+] added new AIS antenna: Germany, Düsseldorf  (inland AIS)
[+] added new AIS antenna: NL, Enkhuizen
[+] added new AIS antenna: Spain, covering Strait of Gibraltar
[+] added new AIS antenna: GB, Greenok
[+] added new AIS antenna: GB, Falmouth
[+] added new AIS antenna: USA, Cincinetti, Ohio River

[*] changed main menue for new ports sections
[+] added complete new section PORTS (vessels present and arrivals)
[+] added new PORT-DETAIL pages
[+] added new iPhone optimized Port pages
[*] adjusted table view of last movements on VesselDetailPage (now sortable)
[*] changed BLOG location to OpenSpace area
[*] adjusted QuickNav to new menue structure

[+] added admin tools for vote controlling

[+] added automatic image addition for missing vessels in  Rostock-Port (port entry camera shoot)
[+] added admin tools for vote controlling
[+] added admin tools for image quality controlling
[+] added admin tools for image copyright controlling
[+] added Fleetmon twitter feet to BLOG section

[*] Bug fix for search list in Fleetmon for iPhone

Who will be the first-

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-User to comment here on the new BETA part of Digital-Seas?
Go find the spot inside this website, come back here and send us your comment.
We will give out promotional codes for Fleetmon mobile for the first five users :-)

Fleetmon mobile for iPhone v.1.0 released

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Late last week we put the finishing touches to a very special project we’ve been wanting to share with you for a while now. After many weeks of burning the midnight oil at JAKOTAs ofice in an effort to squeeze into it every drop of spotting goodness, we’ve finally completed work on the Fleetmon mobile app for the iPhone and sent it over to the nice people at Apple.
And now guess what, we are talking about this not as a rumour, but an approved application in the Apple Store. So get your iPhone connected, or fire up iTunes and take a look yourself…

We thought it might be nice to show you a video of what we’ve built so far for you (still in the works, as of my writing…).

There is a dedicated new area here at Digital-Seas website:
and of course a support space in our Forum section:

We would love to hear your comments, if this is of any use for your daily work or spotting experience.

Update: Thursday, 2009-08-20

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[+] added iPhone page with ScreenCast
[+] added iPhone ForumSection
[+] added Image Pager on VesselDetailPage
[+] added VesselThumbNail on ImageDetailPage

[-] removed pager on VesselDetailPage

[*] changed label speed of vessel from km/h to kn on VesselDetailPage
[*] fixed link to user profiles from ImageDetailPage
[*] finished API to database for external access
[*] base coding for site wide search created

-Recent Ports- integrated and New -Voyage info-

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Last weekend was tough. When adding six brand new harddrives to the server, the sync process took almost 12hours, which was quiet a burden for the server, when all of you came from the weekend, ready to start up Fleetmon in the morning. The database is in full effect, with lots of new opportunities. Now there is enough space and faster drives too and also some exciting new features implemented.


Over the last weeks Thomas worked on a zone scheme and alerting functions. We are taking snapshots of regions and ports the vessels are in, storing this into a new database.
We started using this new info by adding a “recent ports” list on the vessel detail page, running for a week now. Be prepared for more to come and tell us, how you like it.


Also our graphic skills got some chances due to new Vessel-Type-Icons. Streamlining them with the color-scheme of our friends at marinetraffic,  should make it easy for users to learn reading charts here and on other sites. We will use this icons in the new Fleetmon Client and other apps.

One will be the new Fleetmon iPhone Client, which is about to be released at the apple website in the next two weeks. This is cool stuff, with a special “spotter” mode, we will give you the insides, as soon the approval was succesfullwith apple.

This really took some time to program, and now we can fully concentrate on the Site again, defining milestones for Fleetmon V2.
Thomas and me will take a short holiday break next week, some time to relax and write mails again.
All of you have a nice summer too.

Update: Wednesday, 2009-07-08

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We did not want to withhold some Fleetmon internas from you, since we attached great value to this matter. (screenshots of App)
Over the last week Thomas programmed a Flash-Application which makes monitoring quiet simple for us. Now we will get alerted about new sources, it calculates the coverage of antennas, shows the last reception and gives us values like: Raws/minute, range in Kilometers and stream quality.
It will make live easier for us with now more then 50 active AIS sources.

[+] added new internal tool for source monitoring, coverage measuring
[+] added new statistic tool, programmed in Flash


Kiel,DE and Wolgast,DE are new AIS stations

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Today we crossed the amount of over 8400 ships in permanent AIS coverage (real time streams), which is also produced by new antennas established over the last week.
The busy port of Kiel right at the end of the Kiel-Kanal, which is connecting North and Baltic Sea, is covered now by Digital-Seas. With the help of Bernward at we now have a wide view from the tower of a high church, spanning almost 40sm radius.
A bit farer located  in the East of Germany is the city of Wolgast. The small town has a larger yard, where cruiseships and military vessels are produced. The Antenna there is catching traffic up to the border to Poland.


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Please change your connection settings to the new Server:
Remote IP, Remote port 33000

since we took off the old Fleetmon Server at 2009-06-11. Thanks and keep it up :-) Lars

Free Ship Simulation Game Uses Google Earth Platform

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3D Ships Simulator<br /> game in Google Earth has released the first version of a free 3D simulation game which leverages the browser-based Google Earth plugin as the primary graphics engine. The game is called “Ships” and lets you take the helm on ships – barges, cargo ships, container ships, and even a cruise ship (the Queen Mary 2). Everything is in 3D, you can drive the ships anywhere in the world,
there are sound effects, physical modeling, and realistic visual effects that makes this a wonder to behold. Not only that, but the author – Paul van Dinther – has created some great camera tools to make it easier for people to follow the action and see the sights.

You can try Ships right now, click the “Play Now” button, and make sure you read about the keyboard shortcuts. You can also watch the video review of Ships by Frank Taylor, where you might learn more tips on how to use the simulator. Or, read Frank’s complete review at

QUEEN MARY 2 taken by veerluuker
QUEEN MARY 2 taken by veerluuker

old AIS – Sharing server is going offline on Friday, 29th of May 09

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our brave two years old server is going out of business on friday, which makes it necessary for sharers still using this server to change the IP to: Port 33000

we have a video on this page, showing how to setup ShipPlotter with the correct sharing option, to send to the new Digital-Seas Sharing Server.

There are three sources still using the old IP, so if anybody is missing a signal from friday on, please let us know and check the settings in your SP program.