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For commercial fishing operators, fleet sizes can reach the tens of thousands of individual vessels, and management of each and every one of those is a daunting task and a whale of an effort. Outfitting the ships with the proper equipment and technology to ensure communications, reporting, and other information exchange is difficult, as it typically requires the vessel to be decommissioned for a short period of time. Many commercial fishing vessels (CFVs) are therefore operating with decades-old technology as a result, and are long overdue for upgrades, or in some cases, complete technology overhaul. When making decisions about how to modernize the equipment for these fleets, it is important to consider options that are modular, intelligent, and capable of evolving over time to accommodate the fact that smart technologies are still evolving at a very rapid pace.
Capabilities have expanded tremendously since the introduction of satellite to the maritime industry, and it is now easier than ever to find a technology suite that can accommodate your needs for a much lower cost than even a few short years ago. Traditional satellite-based telecom support is still available as a redundancy measure for radio and for use in ultra-remote locations where radio can fail. Additionally, the intelligence of tracking and reporting capabilities has reached a level that makes manual human records an unjustifiable endeavor. Sensors and data collection devices are available for nearly everything, and smart reports can be compiled from a central location with up-to-the-minute validation. Fleet managers can, with the most accurate and recent data, make confident and informed decisions taking into account a multitude of data points related to the location history, behavior, and environmental considerations.
Finally, integration of current and future Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for CFVs allows fleets to become more intelligent together, leveraging the collection and reporting of data from across the entire fleet in real time. Because all of the vessels within the tracking ecosystem can also pull from the tracking portal, the fleet as a whole becomes more efficient, safe, and informed. IoT technologies continue to evolve, further increasing the types of data CFVs can collect and utilize, which means there is also an increasing potential for CFVs to become floating data mines that can be monetized outside of normal operations with very little investment.
Satellite technology presents an incredibly irregular set of circumstances for companies in that the costs of maintaining cutting edge equipment and technologies is typically a budget breaker for all non-competitive departments. In many ways, reinvesting in technology is rarely a defensible proposal for most business divisions, who are constantly forced to manage with outdated equipment and inefficient systems. Satellite technology, however, is among the few equipment and facilities categories that gets constant attention, and the reasons for that are manifold.
First, it is quite normal for satellite technologies to have strong ROI, often because they can automate systems and processes that otherwise require extensive man hours and maintenance of existing equipment currently employed to perform the task. These cost savings add up quickly, and can easily justify the budget approval in a matter of a few short years.
Internet Of Things Creates Actionable Data
Additionally, satellite technologies have seen an explosion of growth in the past few decades, and the rate of technological enhancement is accelerating with the commercial sector’s obsession with Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies. The current race to market in almost every commercial sector is the application of satellite-enabled smart devices to business processes in the pursuit of more actionable data, better asset management capabilities, and automation of costly and time-consuming processes. This has created a wealth of opportunity in the public sector to apply some of these technologies to operations that could be more efficient.
Expanded Infrastructure Beyond Traditional Networks
Further expanding the interest in satellite technology is the ability to enable remote operations that were otherwise too costly, too dangerous, or too resource-intensive. Many government agencies are responsible for vast swaths of undeveloped territory where traditional communications infrastructure fails or hasn’t yet been introduced. Satellite’s global presence offers these organizations the ability to perform their operations without their current dependence on terrestrial networks, again making it easier for decision makers to justify budget allocation to technological improvement.
Making smart decisions about which of these technologies is best for your organization can be extraordinarily difficult, especially because of the influx of availability, and the pressure to make allotments only for those enhancements that will have strong ROI. As a technology partner, GSE will work directly with you to outline the opportunities available to achieve your goals, and we always emphasize the use of existing equipment wherever possible, as the majority of our solutions integrate with technology that has been on the market for quite some time.