A VMS system comprises many elements that need to be considered in order to be fully functional and operational. A common mistake when defining the requirements for a VMS system is not considering all these elements or partially omitting one or more of them.
The FMC software or also known as VMS Software, such as Trackwell, is the key element that must integrate the information, and generate the necessary insights to monitor the vessels, direct the enforcement and safety at sea tasks and overall management of the fisheries. The system must also provide the necessary compliance to international regulations with data governance mechanisms that are highly complex in most cases. This software is most commonly offered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) since they are the result of extensive software development and require continuous maintenance, updates and 24/7 support services to keep the whole system fully operational.
The system can be hosted both in local servers or in a cloud, but best practices in the industry suggest to always host the system in a cloud environment. Cloud environments are easier and cheaper to operate and maintain, they include the use of database licenses which are otherwise very costly, and provide cutting edge backup systems and disaster recovery measures to ensure the uptime rate needed for this mission-critical type of systems, while also complying with the highest data security standards.
Apart form the more standard functionality, the FMC software can also provide other additional more complex functionality that will affect the license and service cost.
These components are optional modules that are used to integrate fishing activity information (related to catch) retrieved from the vessel and sent into the FMC software. The e-logbook can be an app or a client software that is used onboard the vessel for the fisherman or captain to log the catch information to comply to countries’ or regional regulations. This data is transmitted using the VMS unit communication plan (consuming more data and increasing the airtime cost) to the ERS module of the FMC software which receives, stores, and forwards the information accordingly.
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FiMS is used by fisheries authorities, coastguards, and navies for surveillance, search and rescue, resource management, and fisheries control.