These messages are coming direct from the team's Suzuki Carry
van (aka ‘The Kid Frankie’) which is fitted with a Navidatum Machine to Machine (M2M) satellite terminal, one
of a wide range which includes everything from satellite phones to broadband terminals enabling
communications anywhere in the world, even in the wilderness where mobile phones cannot
M2M terminals are powerful computers about the size and weight
of a domestic smoke detector, comparable with a high-end mobile phone both in terms of price to buy and
'airtime'/text message cost.
There are a huge number of devices which can be connected to the
terminal to monitor anything from driver ID to engine parameters automatically and then report back with a
tiny digital message to our server which decodes it and alerts the relevant parties accordingly via the web,
email or SMS (hence Machine to Machine).
The built-in satellite transceiver and GPS allow the whole
process to be georeferenced so that everyone who needs to know, can see exactly where, what and when things
are happening to their friends and family, employees and assets.
Navidatum uses Google or Bing maps for the dry bits of the
planet but when it comes to the seas and oceans our good friends at Chersoft who are also kindly hosting this
website, have spent many years writing specialised marine navigational software which is used on everything
from yachts to container ships, they also know more about tides than virtually anyone else in the world. When
the team get close to the sea around Venice we can show you some of the Nautical charts which cover the areas
where neither online maps nor mobile phones can reach.
The messaging, and the actual navigation in the case of a yacht
installation, is carried out on an ordinary laptop connected by USB to the terminal so that you can plan,
execute and review your adventures from the same machine, share them live online and keep them forever when
you and the laptop get back home. While your boat is unattended the terminal watches the bilges and batteries
and also lets you know if the hatches or doors have been opened, if the engine has been started or if the
boat has moved from where you left it. If everything is OK it still sends you a free message every day just
for peace of mind.
Did you know that only 29% of the earth’s surface is land and that only about⅓ of that is covered by
almost 1500 territorial cell phone operators who charge roaming fees if you want to move around the