Transas is glad to announce its enhanced 3D VTS solution. First presented to the world maritime market in 2008, current version of 3D VTS has been significantly upgraded.
The product visually represents the full-scale 3-dimensional view of the navigational situation in the VTS area. The functionality enhances situation awareness both from ashore and critically from onboard perspectives. 3D VTS complements the range of Transas solutions facilitating safe navigation in the port and coastal areas.
The 3D VTS module is in fact a Pilots "HUD" (Head up Display) of the future, supporting his critical role in the safe passage of the vessel whilst in pilotage waters: this is a first step in fact towards additional shore-based situation awareness support to Pilots and Masters. Technology is now reaching a level where some of this data can be transferred directly to pilots based on their specific real-time requirements.
A simulated 3D VTS picture is based on real-time VTMS data and enables the VTS operator to observe the navigation situation from variety of different perspectives: from the viewpoint of the ship's navigator and pilot or in a so called "flight mode". Position, direction, zoom, height and tilt of the camera can be changed to enable better overview of the area.
A simulated model based on data from AIS sensors is displayed on the VTS operator's monitor. This functionality is also ideal for incident analysis and debriefing via a visual aid based on real data and switching of viewpoints surrounding the incident.
The operator therefore has a tool maximally adjusted to perception of the world as seen from the people he is monitoring and assisting – the ship's bridge officers and pilot. This enhanced situation awareness will be particularly effective in situations of limited or restrained visibility, providing the decision-makers onboard with additional shore side support. In addition, cross checking of sensor data reliability with a visual reference representation will further enhance the overall picture of a maneuver as it progresses.
Professional support to mariners, VTS operators and pilots has always been the ultimate goal of all developments carried out by Transas. 3D VTS assists navigators through comprehensive technology and allows to reduce workload.
Source: Transas Marine