Accession Number : ADA300886

Title :   Evaluation of Proposed IMO Performance Standards for ECDIS (HGE Draft Version 2, September 1992).

Descriptive Note : Draft no. 2,

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA

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Report Date : 24 MAR 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : The Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) is a shipboard information management tool that carries significant promise for improved safety and efficiency of ship handling. The technology can bring together in a single electronic display much crucial information about charted and uncharted hazards as well as a real-time display of ship's position and velocity. This combined with a display of the ship's intended route provides a new and strongly graphic means for monitoring the adherence of the ship to a known safe route of passage. ECDIS technology has become feasible because of (a) advances in desktop and workstation computer technology including powerful graphics processing software capabilities; (2) precise and automatic electronic navigation systems with wide geographic coverage, such as the NAVSTAR satellite navigation facility; and (3) advances in electronics miniaturization, packaging, and reliability that allows routine applications of electronics at sea. Although adoption of this technology by the maritime transportation industry seems inevitable (it was adopted by the aeronautical industry many years ago) there remains a need for the setting of uniform, safe performance standards for ECDIS, as well as eventual introduction of national carriage requirements. This report addresses an international performance standard for ECDIS.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *SHIPBOARD, *DATA DISPLAYS, *HANDLING, *NAVIGATION CHARTS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, REQUIREMENTS, SETTING(ADJUSTING), ELECTRONICS, POSITION(LOCATION), SHIPS, INDUSTRIES, MANAGEMENT, DATA MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, REAL TIME, COMPUTERS, PROCESSING, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, EFFICIENCY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, AERONAUTICS, RELIABILITY, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, SAFETY, STANDARDS, PACKAGING, GRAPHICS, WORK STATIONS, INTERNATIONAL, GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, AREA COVERAGE, MINIATURIZATION.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance

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