SeaStar Fisheries Service
coloration detected by the ORBView 2 satellite can indicate levels
of plankton. Specific combinations of these levels and sea surface
temperatures attract tuna and other surface-dwelling fish. GeoEye's
SeaStar service was conceived to provide maps of this information
and fish concentration analyses to ships at sea who would use
PCs to view and assess location potential. If successful
this would replace the conventional method which was costly
because of its need for helicopter operation. The solution
would also require an automated order entry and delivery
system. When GeoEye selected Tango to provide a turnkey
solution, Tango consulted with GeoEye on the concept and
then designed and developed the solution.
vector maps as the background for displays, users examine plankton
levels, sea surface temperatures, and fish concentration analyses,
(shown as colored overlays). Weather conditions are considered
and distances calculated.
browsing of existing orders for delivery, and collects the appropriate
maps and analyses for each subscriber.
- Materials are automatically e-mailed to ships and/or
offices via land & satellites, enabling fishing fleet captains
to determine optimal courses and locations for fishing.
- Ease-of-use has proven to be
key in the project's success.
Tango continues to enhance the on-ship OrbMap GIS
application used to display and analyze the satellite imagery,
as well as the order entry and delivery software
that supports customer relations management, contract management
and accounting, order entry, satellite communication with the ships,
automated delivery, and tracking.
SeaStar became profitable in its second year of operation. (see:
- Customers including StarKist have benefited from improved
fleet efficiency and reduced cost.
GeoEye is a leading international provider of commercial
satellite imagery. It builds, launches, and operates the satellites,
downloads imagery to its ground stations, and disseminates imagery
to end-users. To enhance the value of the imagery to its customers,
GeoEye provides specialized products and services to various industry
segments. - For more information, visit www.geoeye.com.