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Usually a skipper has a sum of equipment and appliances on board for sailing. Over the years, applications have become outdated, hardware is broken and software is becoming increasingly difficult to update. And all these devices together also use a lot of power. What makes CrewFellow so special is that it combines all kinds of solutions effortlessly: Internet on board, navigation, onboard instruments, plotting, router, retrieving essential navigation information, practical information about lockers, bridges and harbors, points of interest in the area, etc ... CrewFellow bundles all these functions, options and information.
INTERNET ON BOARD
The Internet can no longer be ignored nowadays. The probably most frequently asked question is: "What is the WiFi code?"
One of the basic functions of CrewFellow is to provide the ship, its crew and guests with Internet. So on the question "What is the WiFi code of the ship?" You enter the WiFi code of your CrewFellow onboard WiFi.
Step one is set and your crew / guests are provided with a WiFi code and have access to the WiFi network of your ship. However, your crew and guests now also assumes that they also have access to the Internet. To achieve this, CrewFellow offers a number of options:
WiFi Connect Your CrewFellow has a 2nd WiFi adapter. With this 2nd adapter you can connect CrewFellow to the marina WiFi or any other open or public WiFi network. More and more marina's, cities, restaurants and other venues offer free access to their WiFi networks. The WiFi-Connect adapter works on both the 2.4 GHz. as the 5.8 GHz. frequencies.
You can even connect the CrewFellow WiFi-Connect to the hotspot of your smart phone.
4G-Connect In addition to the 2nd WiFi adapter, CrewFellow can have a 4G / LTE adapter, depending on the model. Since the 4G range averages to around 10 to 15 NM from the coast, you and your crew and guests almost always have access to the Internet.
A 4G-Connect adapter is equipped with a European SIM. At a later stage, a worldwide SIM will also be available. For this European SIM you can purchase a data bundle when purchasing a CrewFellow or later through the CrewFellow App Store. The costs and consumption are comparable with what you are used to from your mobile phone and as agreed within Europe. Nice to know is that the CrewFellow data bundle will last half a year. Where most providers per 100KB tick off with mobile phones and / or tablets, the CrewFellow bundle is ticked per 1 KB. Ideal for small messages, e-mails and weather updates. For questions or problems with the built-in 4G-Connect you can use the CrewFellow supportdesk.
A warning is still in place; a bundle of, for example, 10 GB is more than sufficient to be able to use the Internet for the CrewFellow itself for a longer period of time, the weather, buoy, bridge and lock updates, for boat monitoring and the Home-Connect functionality. It is also sufficient for short messages such as WhatsApp, Telegram and e-mail traffic without (large) attachments. As soon as (high resolution) photos and videos are exchanged or TV and films are watched, the bundle usage is obviously a lot higher. But here too CrewFellow has a solution for ...
Dongel-Connect As an alternative to the 4G-Dongel you can connect a 4G / LTE dongle yourself via the USB connection of your CrewFellow. In this dongle you can place your 'own' SIM card with a large and / or inexpensive data bundle from your own provider or one that is part of the family bundle. Your ship simply belongs to the family.
MiFi Connect We call this separate but actually it is similar to connecting the WiFi-Connect to the hotspot of a telephone. A MiFi router is a separate box that has a 4G and a WiFi. Say a smartphone without a display and buttons. The box often has its own battery so you can take it anywhere you go.
On board you put it in a place where the 4G reception is the best. Via the WiFi-Connect you let CrewFellow connect to this MiFi-Connect hotspot and thus the Internet connection is also available for everyone connected to the board WiFi.
Iridium-Connect We also call these separate, although it is an addition to the WiFi Connect. CrewFellow can connect to the Iridium Go with the WiFi-Connect adapter. In addition, there are apps in development to connect satellite phones such as the Iridium 9555 or an Inmarsat iSatphone2 via USB or serial (*) to your CrewFellow. The satellite phones then behave like Internet modems.
The USB and / or serial (*) connection also makes it possible to use eg SSB equipment as a modem.
CrewFellow can provide you with high availability of Internet facilities but if there is (temporarily) no Internet connection, CrewFellow has essential (navigation) information available offline on its own internal storage. On the extra storage, depending on the model 64GB to 256 GB, the own information is made available offline. Because the CrewFellow also offers NAS functionality, you can even have a number of films available on your ship, without the need for an Internet connection.
Because every Internet connection has a different bandwidth and cost structure, your CrewFellow also makes a distinction. Watching a Netflix movie via a satellite connection is not really advisable of course.
CrewFellow also distinguishes in the Internet connections:
CrewFellow itself In other words, the system. The data usage for monitoring and essential (weather) information updates is relatively small but has a high priority. If your CrewFellow has a 4G-Connect adapter, this connection is preferred, but the system will automatically switch to one of the other Internet connections when necessary. Map, System and Apps updates have a lower priority and are only executed if the skipper gives an order.
Your crew Devices such as smartphones, notebooks, etc. of the crew members registered in CrewFellow can also have the various Internet connections, but they can be limited in this. For example, WiFi-Connect, Dongel-Connect and 4G-Connect can be allowed, but an Internet connection via a satellite is blocked.
Your guests Every device that connects to the CrewFellow board WiFi and is not registered is seen as a guest. For guests, for example, the Satellite and 4G-Connect connections can be blocked, while the WiFi Connect and Dongel-Connect are allowed.
Explainer: Internet on Board
COLLECT ESSENTIAL DATA
In addition to the information collected from the Internet, your CrewFellow can also be connected to the systems / sensors that you already have on board or will install in the future. This allows your CrewFellow to collect all information you use for your trips. All this information is brought together at one point where you and the crew can view this information with a web browser on the various devices.
Besides the onboard systems and / or sensors, your CrewFellow also has its own sensors:
GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System. A collective name, this determines the position with the help of satellites. Examples are the well-known GPS (US), Galileo (EU), Glonass (Russia) and Beidou (China). The GNSS receiver in your CrewFellow is suitable for all systems and has a position update of 10 positions per second.
Magnetic sensor The magnetic sensor is sensitive enough to register the magnetic field of the earth. This makes it possible to have a heading when the ship is stationary. The sensor can also be used in combination with the GNSS, the deviation (*) and the variation to determine the gluing due to wind and current. (*) The deviation of your ship depends greatly on the materials used in your ship and the location where your CrewFellow is placed. A deviation table will have to be created in order to reliably use the information from the magnetic sensor.
Air pressure, temperature and humidity The air pressure sensor in particular can provide valuable information about the current air pressure. Because this sensor is extra sensitive and has a high accuracy, the sensor is well able to capture the air pressure differences. The CrewFellow housing is equipped with a watertight pressure valve, which ensures that the air pressure in the housing is equal to the air pressure outside. The temperature and humidity sensors measure the values in the CrewFellow housing and are therefore not representative of the current weather information. They can be used to keep an eye on the temperature of your CrewFellow.
The motion sensor This sensor measures the movements of the ship over 9 axes. This allows you, for example, to determine the angle of the ship and the movements over the waves (in fact the wave heights). The sensor can also be of value in the port, because accelerations and thus collisions can be measured. In combination with the GNSS, the wind gauge and the movement sensor, the actual wind can be determined more accurately.
NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, Seatalk (NG) If your ship has a NMEA 0183, a NMEA 2000 (N2K) or a combination of these, they can be connected to your CrewFellow. The NMEA 0183 via a multiplexer with a USB connection. The N2K can be connected directly to the CrewFellow.
SeaTalk (NG), Masterbus and Czone are all derived from N2K. The N2K is in turn derived from the CAN bus, which originated in the car industry.
Electrically, all these systems can therefore be connected to a CrewFellow. The Open Source Signal K service on your CrewFellow can ensure that the information from the NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk NG networks are made available centrally in your CrewFellow.
The Empirbus NXT controller has its own web interface. As soon as the controller is connected to a CrewFellow via, for example, Ethernet, this information can also be collected.
Signal K Signal K is a modern and Open Data format for maritime use. It is Open Source and based on Internet / web service standards. Exactly where the strength of CrewFellow lies.
Your CrewFellow makes the Signal K service available to programs and apps on your laptop, tablets and smartphones via the onboard WiFi and the Ethernet connection.
The chart service Depending on your CrewFellow model, you have the maps of the entire world offline to zoom level 15. In addition, detailed maps can be added to the extra storage. Detailed maps go up to zoom level 18, the latter of which is a digital zoom to improve readability ('the fine print').
The 'card' runs as a service on a CrewFellow and so different devices but also different CrewFellow apps can simultaneously use the same cards.
The basis of the CrewFellow cards is based on the OpenStreetMap cards. By adding information sources as layers ('layers'), own water maps are created.
Basestation 128 (Zoomlevel 13)
Basestation 256 (Zoomlevel 14)
Detailmap zoomlevel 15
Detail map of Alimos Marina near Athens (ZL 18)
Bridges, lockers, buoys and depths. Because more and more government agencies from Europe are asked to make information available digitally, more and more navigation information from these official authorities is involved and this is processed in an efficient and clear manner in the layers of the CrewFellow maps.
For example, bridge, lock and buoy information comes directly from Rijkswaterstaat (RWS). RWS updates the buoy information every two weeks. CrewFellow also maintains this update frequency for the buoy information. You do not have to do anything yourself.
For depths there is a collaboration between the Hydrographic Service that performs most measurements and RWS that manages the inland waters. For the coastal waters and the open sea, the Hydrographic Service works together with the UK organization UKHO.
Satellite overviews From Crewfellow you can go very quickly (2 'clicks') from the map to the satellite view of Google Maps for example. Position and zoom level are automatically passed, so you quickly have a satellite overview of the requested location. This is very useful when approaching unknown ports, but also to find further information about the requested location.
This functionality requires Internet access, but CrewFellow apps are in preparation to make these satellite views available offline when you plan your trips.
Points of Interest (POI) Interesting points such as restaurants, shops, marinas, companies, police and hospitals can easily be found by linking your current or the specified position from the CrewFellow card. This functionality also requires an active Internet connection, but this does not have to be a problem for your CrewFellow.
In addition to general POIs, you can also enter your own points and link them to external information sources and / or websites. During tour preparations you can link information yourself to the CrewFellow markers. Your CrewFellow will hold it for you so that the information remains available for subsequent trips. At a later stage there will be a possibility to share your CrewFellow markers with other CrewFellow users.
Weather The weather information actually has two approaches. On the one hand, you want to have an overview during the preparations of the trip in order to have a global overview of the weather developments. As long as you have good Internet availability, you can do this with real-time weather websites such as Windy and Windfinder. CrewFellow helps you by passing the relevant location from the CrewFellow charts.
CrewFellow can also download weather maps for offline use. These weather maps are often updated every 3 or 6 hours and CrewFellow also collects them in those intervals. On the other hand, you want to see the current weather and then mainly the current wind (forecast) in your CrewFellow map. In the future, a picture can be given of the differences due to the information link between the weather forecasts and the data coming from the sensors. This can contribute to a better interpretation of the weather forecasts.
Collect and display information:
EASY AND EFFECTIVE NAVIGATION
Due to the diversity in watersport and navigation, navigation has become a collective name to get from A to B. Officially there is only one IMO recognized digital navigation system and that is ECDIS. This system is mainly used by professional shipping. For each country official sources can be used within the CrewFellow charts. For Dutch waters (including the Wadden Sea), the information comes from Rijkswaterstaat (RWS).
For motor yachts, navigation is a different experience than it is for sailing vessels because sailing vessels have to deal with the wind speed and direction as well, but the basics are actually the same for all types of vessels.
The CrewFellow navigation is certainly not better than existing navigation software and plotters. However, tt does support a platform with extra's and can be an excellent addition to the existing navigation. Information sources such as depths, bridges, locks, buoys, wind and traffic bottlenecks can be linked to layers. These layers are part of the CrewFellow chart. By turning it on or off, you can choose which information sources you want to see in the CrewFellow chart. For example, the global buoy information of OpenSeaMap is linked to its own layer, so that you also have the global buoy information available. OpenSeaMap is an Open Source initiative, which in turn depends on information from third parties. A very useful tool, but it has no official status.
With digitally supplied information you get more! For example, it is possible with the information from the Dutch RWS to actually show the light characteristics of the light buoys in the CrewFellow chart. Do you open the CrewFellow chart on a smartphone? And do you select a bridge or lock? Then you can immediately call the relevant bridge or lock by clicking on the telephone number.
To plan a route you use waypoints in most cases. The easiest way is to indicate this on the map, but because of the digitization and linking of information you can also enter an (RWS) buoy or GPS coordinates. You can search for a marina, restaurant, hotel or any other location in Google maps, 'copy' the coordinates to the clipboard and then 'paste' them into the CrewFellow navigation.
The most advanced form of navigation is routing or autorouting. You are at point A and you want to sail to point B. The only thing you specify as a waypoint is point B. The system itself has to calculate or determine a route. This is comparable with the car navigation. For the routing on the water it is all 'somewhat' more complex. Especially for sailing boats that want to take into account wind forecasts in addition to the currents. And what about the operating times of bridges and locks? Or the height or draft of your ship?
Due to the complexity of the routing and the modest performance capacity of a CrewFellow, the routing is not (yet) available. We are investigating whether we can make it available in the CrewFellow itself. After all, your CrewFellow has been optimized for the most efficient power consumption possible. We aim to keep this under 5 watts. That does not mean, however, that there are no possibilities to realize this via the third party routing software. For example the Windfinder, Garmin or qtVlm software. The latter is an Open Source project. It is available for various hardware platforms such as Windows, MacOS and Linux. Installed on your notebook, which has a WiFi connection with your CrewFellow, qtVlm can use the Internet connection and sensor information from Signal K or NMEA. The NAS functionality of a CrewFellow ensures that the most current grib files are available for programs such as qtVlm.
The routing software itself actually does nothing but calculate waypoints to get to B in the most efficient way. These waypoints can be placed on the same NAS and then linked to a layer in the CrewFellow card.
Connecting to your ship from home not only offers the possibility to monitor the ship, but you can also upload documents from the house, plan routes, create markers and make updates. This is of course possible from any location in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet.
Access to your ship from the Internet is very safe because all connections from the Internet to your CrewFellow are blocked by the advanced firewall in your CrewFellow. You do not connect to your CrewFellow, but your CrewFellow connects you.
The big advantage is not only optimal security, but also the independence of a CrewFellow of a specific connection. Whether the CrewFellow connects to the Internet with the WiFi-Connect, the 4G-Connect, the Dongel-Connect or with a MiFi router, your CrewFellow will always find you and you do not have to do anything.
For a reliable connection and certainly for monitoring the ship, a stable Internet connection is important. The 4G-Connect is specially designed for this and offers optimal connection possibilities.
But Home-Connect can do more. Not only can you stay with your ship when it is in the box, but also when the ship is on its way, it can literally be sailed. Ideal for yacht rental companies, charter companies and flotilla guidance. A fleet management module is available from the CrewFellow services. For example, it is easy to manage multiple vessels, upload routes and points of interest, update shipping documents and read out all instruments remotely in order to be able to diagnose problems.
SECURE AND RELIABLE
Reliability is important. Your CrewFellow therefore has facilities to guarantee reliability on many fronts.
For example, essential navigation information such as maps, weather, buoy, lock and bridge information is used offline and is stored on CrewFellow itself. AIS information can also be processed directly from an AIS receiver or transponder within the ship. An internet connection is therefore not necessary.
Once CrewFellow has an Internet connection available, the navigation information will be updated with the latest information available from the authorities. This depends on settings. For example, it can be set that only the weather information is retrieved from a satellite connection. Weather information is of course much more dynamic than buoys, locks and bridges, but the weather information is updated every 3 to 6 hours. Your CrewFellow also takes this into account.
The housing of a CrewFellow is water-proof (IP56). The connectors are also waterproof and can take a beating. In addition, your CrewFellow with its 3 Watt (*) is very energy efficient and has multiple power points. Preferably the 12 / 24V connection is of course used, but a USB power pack can also be connected or the CrewFellow can be powered from the NMEA 2000 network.
(*) Depending on the Base Station model and the equipment connected to the USB.
If the onboard voltage drops to 6 Volts, your CrewFellow will still do his job. In addition to the 12 / 24V, an USB power pack can be connected. So even when the onboard power is completely gone, your CrewFellow just keeps on running.
If you have access to multiple GPS / GNSS receivers, you can select the different receivers within the CrewFellow Apps that support it. A next step is that several recipients (or all) can be selected in a specific order. If a receiver fails, the relevant CrewFellow App automatically uses another receiver. For Signal K we are working on a plug-in that makes this possibility for equipment and software of third parties possible.
In addition to the reliability of a CrewFellow you can increase the reliability of the ship. We do not mean directly the ship itself but indirectly by having all kinds of documents immediately available with regard to the ship, the crew, medicines, emergency services and other onboard documents such as electrical diagrams, cardinals, conversion table wind speeds, VHF channels, etc. Every device of the Crew has direct access to these essential documents.
Have we forgotten to mention one? Actually; the Inland Navigation Police Regulations (BPR) that are mandatory for the Netherlands or other countries are on your CrewFellow.
INCREASE YOUR SAFETY
Your safety on the water is of vital importance and your CrewFellow can help you with that. Safety already starts with the preparations, where you can make relevant data from the Internet available offline. Whether this is the BPR, insurance documents, medicines, manuals or crew lists, you can collect everything at one point, so that every crew member has access to this relevant information. Documents can be placed on the CrewFellow NAS, but it is also possible to make an app from a document. This way you can create an app group with all kinds of documents, which can be consulted quickly by you or your crew.
CrewFellow can also help you by displaying AIS information in the CrewFellow chart. Even if you do not have an AIS receiver or transponder, CrewFellow can retrieve the latest AIS information from the Internet. Keep in mind that Internet AIS (IAIS) is not real-time, but that it can give an indication of the situation. Especially useful if you want to enter a harbor in the dark and see all kinds of lights. Through the IAIS you have a global impression of where ships are.
Are you going to anchor? Then you set the anchor alarm on your CrewFellow and CrewFellow will warn you with your built-in speaker when your anchor scratches. Is your CrewFellow linked to your on-board network and has access to the depth gauge sensor; then CrewFellow will propose a surveillance room based on 5x the depth (Pythagorean theorem). Of course you can also set or adjust the monitoring room manually.
Of course something can always happen during sailing. For example, a Man Over Board (MOB) situation. In nice weather and nice water temperatures usually not a problem, but in bad weather, colder water and in the dark it can be life threatening. There are various systems on the market such as Personal Location Beacons (PLBs), MOB beacons and Personal AIS beacons. There are also various Apps for smartphones on the market. All of them can contribute to your safety and CrewFellow can also contribute in its own way.
CrewFellow does use a different starting point than most systems. For example, it is not the drowning person who, whether or not automatically, makes an alarm, but it is in fact your ship that monitors its crew. CrewFellow keeps track of the Wi-Fi connections. If someone goes overboard with a smartphone or WiFi guard, your 24/7 crew member named CrewFellow will detect this and give a MOB alarm. The position at the moment of the alarm is immediately marked in the map. Ideal for the man or woman who was on guard and gone overboard. The co-crew members are immediately awakened and can see on the map where the MOB has been activated.
CrewFellow can also make an important contribution to the MOB situation for solo sailors. Especially when the solo sailor goes overboard and the autopilot is on. Signal K already has plugins available for different autopilots. It is then a small step to create a CrewFellow App or Signal K plugin that can disable an autopilot. This gives the solo sailor another chance to get back on board. However, if it takes too long or CrewFellow has no possibility to turn off the autopilot, CrewFellow can make an alarm by sending a message or text message. Even better is it if the connection to SafeTrx is a fact. The alarm is then immediately forwarded to the emergency services.
Explainer: Increase your safety
SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Collecting information is one of the key words to make sailing easier and safer. A large part of the information is Open Source or offered by government and / or public authorities, but you can also add your own information to your CrewFellow. In the CrewFellow card you can place your own markers and link them to information sources. In the first instance, these sources of information are websites with, for example, the current tide tables or water levels of the location in question. Later on you can also make the information sources available offline. You can then share your own markers with other people.
Also parts of the software are Open Source such as OpenLayers and the Signal K service. From the Signal K world all kinds of plugins are made that your CrewFellow can use again. But also the other way around, from the CrewFellow organization Open Source projects are supported. This can be done with financial means or by sharing code and information. For example, we have written an extensive log function for the CrewFellow, where you have the possibility to record everything and everything. You can set start and stop conditions yourself.
Share knowledge and expertise with other skippers using CrewFellow. For example, do you discover deviating information about depths? Place a marker and share it, the next skipper will thank you.
In turn, you can return information to, for example, OpenSeaMap, RWS, the focal points of Varen-do-je-Samen and of course not to forget your fellow CrewFellow skippers.
In addition, CrewFellow forms a platform for running third-party applications. The idea of the App Store from Apple and the Play Store from Google, but specifically for the CrewFellows. From the CrewFellow Appstore you can easily add Apps or information sources to your CrewFellow. You can build on your own CrewFellow and add Apps (*) that add value to your situation. This makes CrewFellow usable for many variants of water sports. Whether you have a sloop, motor yacht or sailing yacht. CharterFellow also offers very interesting options for charter companies or companies that rent yachts. (*) There are paid and free Apps available.
EVERYTHING IN ONE PORTAL
The central point where everything comes together. Every device, from laptop to smartwatch with an (Internet) browser connected to the Board WiFi, can connect to the CrewFellow Portal. By entering ship.crewfellow.net as the URL in the browser, you can access all information that your CrewFellow and thus your vessel have access to. Whether this is the Internet access, navigation or the on-board sensors, the portal provides access to all information in a clear and simple way.
Many browsers such as Chromium, Firefox, Safari and Chrome are supported, making your CrewFellow as good as a device independent. By applying web technology without the need for an Internet connection, your CrewFellow also opens options for other devices such as smart TVs, E-Ink displays and VR glasses.
You can put the portal per device to your hand. CrewFellow saves the settings for every connected device, so that your smartphone, smartwatch, laptop or tablet complement each other perfectly.
In addition to the App groups and your favorites, you can also set up your own dashboards. A dashboard is a screen on which you can place a number of Apps yourself. This allows you to combine one or more Chart-Apps with sensor information and / or with weather information. You can create multiple dashboards for yourself when you sail on motor and want the motor information visible next to the navigation information, but also a dashboard for sailing under sail.
Crew members can create their own dashboards, but also use the dashboards. This way everyone can arrange a CrewFellow portal according to their own wishes and insights, adapted for each device.