m1600VMS System Features

Position Reporting

The m1600VMS system provides continuous, global surveillance and can be configured 

  • to report at a range of intervals (minutes to days)

  • to report at variable rates (e.g. in-harbor, at-sea, geo-fence)

  • to report with a standard or advanced format (includes SOG, COG) 

  • to record positional data (available for interrogation)

  • over-the-air by the National FMC (via SkyMate)

There is no means for the fisher to change the reporting interval.  The position reporting  communications protocol is closed and secure (absolutely no spoofing).

Event Reporting

The m1600VMS system provides regulated event surveillance reporting.

There is no means for the fisher to change/adjust an event report.  Examples of events reported include the following:  Power OFF/ON, Signal Loss, Vessel IN/OUT of a geo-zone, vessel at rest/in motion.

The event reporting  communications protocol is closed and secure (absolutely no spoofing).

Catch Reporting

The m1600VMS system supports Catch Reporting in two ways: 

  1. The catch forms can be custom and integrated into the m1600VMS.  The fisher connects to the m1600 (i.e. with any device with a browser), enters his catch data and sends it to the Regulator/FMC.

    • An example of this is the NOAA forms for the Greater Atlantic Region.  The NOAA TA systems have 16 distinct forms with over 10,000 declaration codes.

  2. Using an m1600VMS interface provided for 3rd party applications, the m1600VMS can deliver reports created on a Regulator application, transferred to the m1600VMS and then sent to the Regulator.

SkyMate supports updating custom forms on the m1600VMS, over-the-air or over Wi-Fi through the VMS terminal.

Value-added Features

Email and SMS  

The m1600 can be used to send and receive emails anywhere in the world.  The Communications Hub has its own SMS phone number (via Twillio), allowing a user, when off-shore, to message any other SMS device on-shore, over the satellite connection. 


Through the browser UI, the m1600 will provide global weather, on demand, for any location at sea.  For example, the Point Forecast weather reports include wave heights, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure and temperature.

Global Search and Rescue 

The user can request contact with a Search and Rescue service by activating the SOS function (via the KeyPad).  The m1600 connects directly to the SAR and provides a two-way messaging capability.  While the SOS is active, the m1600 continually reports the vessel position to the SAR.

Sentry Remote Monitoring

The m1600 sentry accessory provides the user to have up to 16 sensors monitored.  These sensors can be monitored by a custom set of rules such that when a sensor event happens, and email or SMS is sent (emergency notifications).  Sentry also provides a daily status report of the sensors configured.