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RESEARCH & INNOvATION NEW NAVIGATIONAL CHARTS APP


An innovative new web and PC based navigational charts app was launched recently


Norwich based Norcom Technology Limited’s eChart software combines up-to-date information from different sources including wreck, cable, tide and geographical data for navigational charts, making it ideal for use by companies carrying out desktop studies prior to installation of windfarms and other offshore structures, cables, pipelines and vessel monitoring.


Exhibited for the first time at the Ocean Business exhibition, the software is a web or PC based app which replaces the ARCS Skipper service, withdrawn by the UK Government Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in 2013. Uniquely, for computational packages, the easy to use software will be made available on a 10.1” Windows 8 Tablet for use on and offshore.


OPPORTUNITY


Norcom is a UKHO data reseller and approved as a licensed developer of ARCS service. The company saw the opportunity to develop geo-referenced electronic navigational charts for Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. They also have agreements with SHOM (service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine), Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany) and Kartverket, the Norwegian Mapping Authority.


HOW IT WORKS


Chart data is supplied in chart packs, which can be downloaded from www. meridian-chartware.co.uk or the data can be supplied on CD or USB memory stick.


Once downloaded, the charts can be updated, free of charge every quarter in January, April, July and October, whilst in subscription. Emails are automatically sent to subscribers when corrections and Chart Plotter updates are made, plus an email is sent to alert the customer when the subscription is about to expire so they can renew it.


OCEAN BUSINESS EVENT Visitors to Ocean Business were able to order a Windows 8 tablet and Chart Pack bundle. The tablet allows users to run Norcom’s fully functional desktop Chart Plotter anywhere, from an office to at sea.


Norcom is run by Phil Harris, who has over 30 years’ consultancy and software development experience. The company internationally provides a range of systems and services to wind installation companies, government organisations, harbour authorities, oil companies, hydrographic survey companies, cable lay companies, dredging companies and freelance hydrographic surveyors.


Work includes the provision of electronic charting systems to assist for use in general navigation as well as planning purposes.


Norcom


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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