Integrating crowd-sourced “fish finder “data from the 15.8 million registered US boats into a web based marine mapping and navigation system relaxes “under the keel” ship transit limitations.

Arnold Kravitz
INNOVIM Defense Services, Florida, United States

Keywords: Crowd sourching, bathymetry, fisharies management, littoral mapping

Crowd sourcing of data from the 14.8 Million recreational and commercial boats using fish finders and depth sounders allows web based navigation aids to be updated for safer littoral transits. This additional bathymetric and fisheries data is integrated into navigation and fisheries databases eliminating expensive data collection effort. The constant collection improves navigation and fisheries' data. 1) large scale fisheries data is captured for environmental monitoring, marine research, fishing 2) Frequent map updates reduce grounding risk associated with shifting channels on dated maps. Additional applications; Most modern Marine electronics systems have automated diagnostics, utilities that exchange data over a NMEA bus during scheduled maintenance or repairs. This data isread by the crowd sourcing hardware host monitoring the bus. The diagnostics data is exported to a web based logistics and advertising system. which monitors the subscriber’s systems and schedules the indicated service calls. The repairman parts and equipment are on dock at arrival minimizing maintenance revenue-loss . The marina operators gain a revenue stream by advertising or contracting with local service providers, commissaries, restaurants and shops. The system provides a valued service to marina customers and a revenue stream to the marina operators.