Egatel´s new technology that is called to revolutionize the fishing fleet communications systems and safety.

Egatel´s new technology that is called to revolutionize the fishing fleet communications systems and safety.

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Egatel has developed a novel technology that is called to revolutionize the fishing fleet communications systems and thereby improving the safety of the crew.

The technology aims to achieve two fundamental objectives: to increase the safety of the fishing fleet and to control the working conditions, by supervising the fishing gear and reporting its type and number to the authorities.

Furthermore, crew members may have vests or wristbands that, in the event of a dangerous situation (for example, a man overboard), send a signal to the command post of the ship. This alarm is then immediately forwarded to the coastal control centers, activating an automatic response: At the moment in which this signal is received, a message is sent to an unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV), which quickly takes off and flies over the position of the vessel to send real time images of the situation.

The technology can be used for inshore and deep-sea fleets, replacing the current system, AIS (automatic identification system), which is yet showing symptoms of obsolescence.

The technology began to be developed in the frame of the Polarys Project, in which several Galician companies have collaborated. This consortium of high-tech companies promoted the design of the VDES communications system to improve and overcome the limitations of current technology (AIS).

In parallel with the implementation of the Polarys project, powered with Feder funds, Egatel was awarded with a contract by the European Space Agency to complete the VDES system using communications satellites that provide global coverage to the vessels.

See a video from the Galicia TV (TVG) about our system (video is in Galician)