Highly intuitive, High Speed entry.
Deckhand has been closely developed with the input of fishermen from a number of different sectors around Australia. Most people are using the devices confidently in less than ten minutes. The intuitive nature of the user interface makes entering complex data lightening fast.
The ease of data entry makes it simple for the user to enter multiple variables in a fraction of the time it would take to record manually. Most fishermen find they can collect significantly more fine-scale data with far less effort than the paper-based systems they have been using for years.
Capture Every Detail. Then Submit.
By using the GPS built into the device, Deckhand records your entire fishing session (path, pots, catch, time and location). Importantly the Deckhand end user agreement guarantees that the data collected remains the property of the fishermen who collected it.
Statutory data required by the regulators can then be automatically submitted in an electronic packet in the same way funds are transferred to banks via the internet.
The regulators receive only the data they require, nothing more. The benefit to fishermen is that the additional information they collect can then be mined to assist with making more informed business decisions.
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Your session, summarised.
Once you’ve finished fishing simply tap ‘Stop Fishing’ and Deckhand will guide you through your end reporting process. This gives you an opportunity to re-check your data before submitting it to relevant regulatory stakeholders. If you spot an error it is easy to undo and replace with the correct information. It even makes your life easier by helping to calculate tag numbers etc. in quota managed fisheries.
Once complete you are presented with a final summary of the completed fishing session for you to check. Once approved by you, it is a simple as tapping ‘Submit’ to lodge that day’s catch and effort data.
As a final step the device will ask for a PIN number to ensure it’s not accidentally submitted.
No more paperwork.
Prior and end reporting via the phone can now be a thing of the past. Similarly, posting CDRs and the like at the end of the day can be abolished.
Deckhand is smart enough to send only the required statutory information to regulators, with the rest available to use with Trip Viewer.
Real Time Quota balances.
The device will allow you to get a running balance of the quota left to be caught on your licence.
Subject to government integration this balance can be verified by the regulator.
Deckhand has been designed to alert users if they are straying into protected areas such as Marine Parks or geo-fenced fishing zones.
A built in timer will also help fishermen know how long they have been in a designated area if that information is required by the regulator.
To start using Deckhand it first needs to tailored to suit the specific requirements of your fishery. The Deckhand platform is highly configurable which make tailoring the software a relatively straight forward task.
You can customise Prior reporting data, Catch types, Bycatch, Pot fishing workflows, Line fishing workflows and many other areas to ensure Deckhand captures everything your fishery requires. Determining what is required is discussed up front as part of the scoping for each specific fishery.
There are an ever increasing number of suppliers building aftermarket protective cases.
These cases include options for full or partial waterproofing, extended battery life as well as a range of mounts and hardwiring accessories.
A frequently asked question is, ‘what happens when I go out of cellular coverage?’. The answer is simple. Deckhand continues to record all catch and GPS data on the device when out of coverage.
It then syncs all the stored data back to the server as soon as connection is re-established. The device can collect and store many months of activity while a vessel remains out of mobile coverage.
Given the nature of commercial fishing we take security extremely seriously. It remains the single most important issue we have identified during the development of the software. Deckhand uses the same security protocols banks use when sending and receiving fishing data.
The legal agreement sitting behind the use of the software clearly assigns the ownership of data collected to the fisherman who collected it. Additionally, Deckhand and Trip Viewer require PIN access to submit or view sensitive information.