After what Global Ocean Security Technologies chief technology officer Brian Kane referred to as “seemingly the busiest six months in his career,” the marine security outfit has launched two significant updates to its customizable vessel protection systems ahead of next week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The first, GOST Specter, is its next-gen vessel tracking interface. Users can monitor boats from anywhere in the world, control geofence parameters, arm and disarm the system, receive updates on alerts for smoke, fire, high water in the bilge, low voltage, shore power loss and more from any connected device.
It’s second launch — the GOST IDP Series antennas— allows the security system to operate at breakneck speeds by tapping into a more advanced satellite constellation. According to GOST, Inmarsat Data Pro provides the fastest response and tracking times in the company’s history.
“The latest generation of Inmarsat satellite technology provides vastly improved communication speeds,” said GOST president and CEO Jay Keenan in a statement. “Our new IDP antennas are designed to take full advantage of this powerful functionality. The new Specter interface is a powerful system for monitoring and managing your vessel from anywhere in the world. We are confident that our customers will be thrilled with the peace of mind provided by our full line of vessel tracking systems.”
On a call with Trade Only Today, Kane demonstrated the speed of the IDP antennas combined with the user-friendliness of the GOST interface. He pulled up a boat in the Abacos islands and in seconds, he clicked on icons on the screen that revealed expanded details such as heading, speed, the date and time of the last report (customizable), latitude and longitude, antenna input voltage and strength and of course, whether the system is armed or disarmed.
He could then arm or disarm the system, the former then providing immediate notification if the vessel is moved. A dock pull sensor is also included — if cut or disconnected, it sets off all the alarms as well. The fully customizable systems can include several cameras, motion sensors and more.
Tracking history can also be displayed. Users can customize their screen to overlay satellite imagery or set to night mode for ideal viewing, the company said.
“We have been exclusively using only Inmarsat geostationary satellite constellations for the last 15 years as we require true reliability for our customers to track their most prized maritime assets,” said Kane. “This is now the third generation of our tracking system and by far the most impressive, with near real-time global reaction to commands. The new IDP Series will give our customers the peace of mind that comes from having the most reliable and user-friendly global tracking systems on the market for years to come.”