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Fleetmon Sat mobile for Blackberry released

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We are pleased to announce the immedite availability of Fleetmon Sat mobile for the Blackberry. Now, ship owners using Blackberry phones can equally enjoy the comfort of quick and convenient fleet position checks right on their mobile, wherever they are, anytime, with the well-known security of the Blackberry system.

With the release of Fleetmon Sat mobile for the Blackberry OS, we are proud to support all major mobile plattforms: Fleetmon Sat mobile, the mobile companion App for the Fleetmon Satellite Tracking service, now runs on iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry OS 6 devices. Fleetmon Satellite Tracking provides ship owners with reliable and cost-effective global tracking for vessels and fleets of all sizes, hourly position updates for all ships equipped even on high seas, and a range of supervision and assessment features. Check out Fleetmon Sat mobile on Blackberry AppWorld – it’s free!


Welcome to new ports and areas! 2011-06

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Welcome to new ports and areas on Digital Seas, Fleetmon and Fleetmon mobile! This is the June 2011 roundup:

  • Germany, Greifswald,  – thanks to the folks at the magnificient sail training ship SSS “Greif”
  • Germany, Elbe/Geesthacht – thanks Christian!
  • Germany, Elbe/Glückstadt – thanks Jörn!
  • Antigua and Barbuda – thanks James!
  • Norway, Oslofjord – thanks Magnus!
  • Vietnam, Da Nang

Introducing the lightning fast search

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The Digital Seas database magicians have done it again: Digital Seas now sports a lightning fast search engine that accelerates Digital Seas, Fleetmon and Fleetmon mobile. Vessel searches in Fleetmon are now an incredible 20 times faster – no waiting for the search results any more, they are just there as you type! Same goes for your Fleetmon favorites list, it will get loaded almost instantly.

And yet, Fleetmon makes no compromise — it is still a real-time software, providing live undelayed AIS information for more than 100’000 vessels world-wide, now searchable in the blink of an eye!


Welcome to new ports and areas! 2011-05

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Welcome to new ports and areas on Digital Seas, Fleetmon and Fleetmon mobile! This is the May 2011 roundup:

  • Vladivostok – the far north-east is online, spasibo Sergej!
  • South Africa, Plettenberg Bay – thanks David!
  • River Foyle, Greencastle, Ireland – thanks Michael!
  • Bari, Italy
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Helsinki/Tallinn – thanks Jarmo!
  • Traena, Norway – thanks Raymond!
  • Kalajoki, Finland – thanks Johannes!

Image Quality Guidelines updated

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With the valuable input and suggestions of our top image uploaders, the Digital Seas Image Moderator’s team has completed an extensive review of the Image Quality Guidelines for Digital Seas. The new Guidelines are a little bit more relaxed, for example on bow and stern shots, and encourage a limit on multiple uploads for the same vessel. We felt that such a limit was necessary so all uploaders can follow equal rules and some disappointing situations can be prevented.

As always, image quality is most important and will always be the determining factor!

We hope the new Guidelines will make it easier for you to choose your most fascinating images for sharing on Digital Seas!

The changes in summary:

  • More liberal attitude to images – Bow and Stern shots are now allowed
  • A cap (maximum) on the number of photos a member is permitted to upload of any one vessel
  • A suggestion as to the optimum image size and shape to make images more acceptable in appearance when viewed full screen
  • Guidelines that are easier to understand to members whose first language is not English
  • Clarification of the site’s attitude towards modified (HDR) photos

See the Guidelines in detail on the FAQ page: http://www.digital-seas.com/faq_quality


All systems are up and running smoothly

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new_digital-seas_servers_2011Scheduled Downtime Today until 8 pm UTC
Dear friends of Digital Seas, today we are going to replace two (AIS reception + Image Store) servers.

There will be no access to Fleetmon, no thumbnail views available and no uploads possible in the time from 5-7pm UTC.
We are hopefully up and running a lot faster afterwards, once services will be fully restored.

Thanks for your patience and Stay tuned!


Fleetmon mobile: v1.5.3 released in App store

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Fleetmon for the iphone got three minor updates over the last weeks, thanks to our busy development team.
Newest feature is the Digital-Seas live AIS coverage map as an overlay inside the spotter. Now you can enjoy the equal tracking experience inside Fleetmon :web or :mobile. Here’s the list of our 1.5 additions:

1.5.3
✔ new: Coverage layer added to Fleetmon’s spotter map (same view like Fleetmon :web)
✔ new: Improved vessel search (now interactive search, like web site search)
✔ Fixed some minor glitches and issues

1.5.2
✔ new: flicker free update of vessel positions on map
✔ new: swipe gesture to delete vessels from “My Fleet”
✔ new: status feedback in message bar
✔ Fixed bugs to improve stability

1.5.1
– for users having difficulties to input their login data, we adjusted the interface (my Fleet functions)
– fixing a memory leak
new map switch (moved from preferences into map)

more good stuff to come in the next weeks :-)


Fleetmon AIS: Public Demo starts today

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Today, Digital Seas is excited and proud to bring the fastest AIS fleet monitor on the web right to your browsers: Fleetmon AIS is here!
After almost a year of development time we feel ready to release this stunning real-time monitor for AIS signals. You waited patiently, aware of performance decrease due to the ever growing port coverage and ship database during the last year. We wanted only the best performance and had to solve many questions in the last months. Thanks for the support!

Now enjoy handling all our AIS coverage in a single software, giving you blazing fast access to any maritime area within seconds, 1 sec update intervals and a brand new search for vessel names, IMO and MMSI numbers.

Of course your own vessel list is available now inside the monitor and you can add vessels right away. Your list will be conveniently synchronized between Digital Seas and Fleetmon in your browser and Fleetmon mobile on your iPhone and iPad.

Research vessel details and vessel track data with a single click. Zoom in and out with your mouse wheel or keyboard fast. Choose from different maps as background. Enjoy exploring the ship traffic all over the world!

The new Fleetmon AIS will completely replace the well-known Fleetmon FM1 applet introduced in 2007. Setting standards back then, it could not handle the huge increase in AIS usage all over the world.
This replacement gives us the freedom to introduce a new database and better APIs for future development of Digital Seas. Your comments and suggestions will help us to establish a new era of AIS fleet monitoring on the Internet, right here on Digital Seas!

Go for it: http://www.fleetmon.com/live_tracking/info

P.S.: In the Fleetmon 2.0 Demo, the daily access is limited to a certain amount of time. Just drop us a line, should this not be sufficient for you.
All Digital Seas contributors with more than 500 images will be automatically set for full access during the next days.

Forum Area for Reports and Comments:
http://www.fleetmon.com/community/forum/


Fleetmon: Live Action, following the Sunsail Race in South England

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This year Sunsail will present the 80th “Round the Island” race on the cost of South England.
Today we can follow quiet a lot Sunsail Yachts equipped with Class B AIS transponders in the Solent. With the short delay of some seconds (AIS transmission), this is an almost live experience and very attractive to watch.
Take a look yourself within Fleetmon: http://www.fleetmon.com/live_tracking/info
Look into English Channel, Southampton.

(all FM2 beta testers relish the display of this cool race event)

German readers:
http://www.yachtfernsehen.com/regatta-news/6434189e840b45a06-sunsail-f40-regatta-feeling-im-solent.php
http://www.sunsail.de/flottillensegeln/grossbritannien/england/port-solent


Welcome to new ports and areas! 2011-04

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Digital Seas welcomes new AIS ports, areas, and stronger antennas:

+ Reggae AIS from Kingston, Jamaica – thanks Mike!

+ China, Shanghai – thanks Eddie!

+ Canada, Saint John and Fundy Bay – thanks Arthur!

+ USA, Boston – thanks Adam!

+ FR, Bayonne-Tarnos – merci Alain!

+ UK, Poole

AIS sharers, don’t forget to contact us to get your personal set-up and new Fleetmon access!