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How To: Enable Location Services

Accurate and reliable tracking of vessels is paramount for ensuring the safety, efficiency, and regulatory compliance. The ability to view the present location of the vessel allows the user to make informed business decisions. Location services from Kognitive Cloud revolutionizes maritime navigation by providing precise real-time data on the position, speed, and direction of the vessels.

This How To guide explains how to enable location services, the various sources from which the location data is collected by our application and displayed across our products. It also explains the priority order followed in the location data sources.

Screens that show the Vessel location

Kognitive Cloud displays the user’s location data in the following screens:

  • Dashboard - Location Column

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Dashboard - Location

  • Maps

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Maps

This location data can be used by the user to identify the vessel’s current location and understand the journey of the vessel.

Sources of vessel location

  • Manual Address

  • LTE

  • VSAT

  • Starlink

  • IMO / MMSI

Order of Priority

  • The Manual address provided in the Kognitive application is given first priority in taking the location data.

  • If manual address is not available, the second priority is given to LTE / VSAT / Starlink sources. Among these sources, the interface that provides the latest data will be used by the application.

  • IMO / MMSI is given third priority in taking the location data.

Manual Address

  • Login to Kognitive Cloud application with valid credentials.

  • Select the required Site from the homepage. The Topology page opens as shown below:

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Topology

  • Click the Update Site Name image-20240628-120516.png icon to enter the vessel location details manually.

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Edit Site

  • Enter the Address of the vessel in the Address fields. Enter the Latitude and Longitude.

  • Select Update Address button to save the changes.

  • The location data is then displayed in the Dashboard - Location Column and Maps screen.

LTE / VSAT

  • The location data from LTE / VSAT sources are received directly from the Cellular and VSAT devices once they are connected to our network.

  • This location data is then displayed in the Dashboard - Location Column and Maps screen.

There are two ways to get the GPS data from Starlink. They are as follows:

  • Method 1: Registering to Starlink cloud

    • The user needs to register to Starlink Cloud and add their Starlink service lines in the Kognitive Cloud application. Please refer the below page for more information on registering to Starlink Cloud and adding service lines - Starlink Cloud.

Or

  • Method 2: Configuring in Starlink mobile application

    • This has to be done on the Starlink/Dishy side per terminal.

    • Enable the Starlink controller and enable the “Allow access on local network” configuration in the Starlink mobile application.

    • This enables getting GPS data from starlink terminal using the edge information.

    • The user must follow the path Advanced → Debug Data → Allow access on local network and enable the toggle button. The user must do this for every terminal. There is no global configuration available per account.

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Configuring in Starlink mobile application

  • We recommend Method 1: Registering to Starlink Cloud as it is a much simpler and easier option.

 IMO / MMSI

  • Login to Kognitive Cloud application with valid credentials.

  • Select the required Site from the homepage. The Topology page opens as shown below:

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Topology

  • Click the Update Site Name image-20240628-120516.png icon to enter the vessel location details manually.

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Update Site Name

  • Enter the IMO number. In maritime navigation and shipping, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) number is a unique identifier for ships and registered ship owners and management companies. It is used to enhance maritime safety, security, and environmental performance. In location services related to maritime applications, IMO numbers are crucial for tracking and identifying vessels.

  • Enter the MMSI number. The Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number is a unique nine-digit identifier used in maritime communication to identify vessels, coast stations, and other maritime entities. It is essential for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and Automatic Identification System (AIS), which are used for communication and tracking in maritime environments.

  • Select Update Address button to save the changes.

  • The location data is then displayed in the Dashboard - Location Column and Maps screen.

  • Please note that it may take upto 8 hours to reflect the location after updating the IMO/MMSI numbers as we do a fetch once every 8 hours.

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