smartTrack – Low cost, low maintenance, robust tracking devices

A project in which navama did  tests and installation of various GPS positioning systems on artisanal vessels, supplied with solar power where necessary

smartTrack supported small scale and artisanal fisheries who seek better access to efficient and affordable sustainability certification processes. Access to certification is for small fisheries often expensive and therefore unfeasible. For this and other reasons, they are displaced by the big industrial fisheries from the market.

We wanted to offer an alternative to this development. An essential prerequisite for sustainable fishery monitoring is transparency of fishing activity. This is usually accomplished, using the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) but VMS is very expensive to buy and maintain, big and has a high power consumption. All of which make it unsuitable for the monitoring of small-scale fisheries.

This is why we started to develop along with several hardware manufacturers low-cost solutions for small-scale fishers. Optimized and adjusted to the environment and the need of the individual fisheries the hardware could be used in diverse settings. Our aim was to keep the operating costs low while not compromising on the reliability. All devices have had a real time data connection to a server and coukld be accessed and analysed with seeOcean.

For economic reasons we were forced to turn off seeOcean beginning of 2019 and due to the deep integration of smartTrack with seeOcean this was also the end of smartTrack. We deeply regret this decision, our wish was really another future of seeOcean and smartTrack.

A huge thank you to our partners in the Phillipines and Senegal, we have been very close to the breakthrough, but time was against us. f you need consulting service for low cost trackimng systems within marine application feel free to contact us here.