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Engineers of Vigo are thinking about a communication Local Area Netwok (LAN) for fishing boats in or

Researchers from the campus and the Wireless Galicia and Quobis companies apply the WiMAX broadband technology to the coastal environment. SANDRA PENELAS Technology is ready to revolutionize communications between the coast and the fishing boats. Engineers of Wireless Galicia and Quobis Networks companies, Vigo's and A Coruña universities and the foundation Instituto Tecnológico of Galicia have designed an application based on broadband wireless WiMAX technology which improves the connections quality with low-cost and which offers more services like internet, security control or the weather data transmission.
Until now around six thousand boats which fish in coastal Galician waters use HF o V/UHF bands, which only allows voice transmission or satellite communications which equipments are "really expensive".
Iván Pozuelo, from Wireless Galicia I+D department (Head Office based in Vigo) has explained that: "Our solution is cheaper and of high quality. It would help fishing boats to fulfil a new European Union norm which requires them to make a daily electronic diary or communicate fishing amount before entering to port in order to make work progress". The system can likewise be used by marinas, shipyards, maritime stations, leisure crafts and maritime customs patrols. Its efficiency has also has been tested in order to monitor sensors and control buoys in aquatic areas.
These three last years the researchers consortium has worked on Seamax project with a 250.000 Euros subsidy in charge of INCITE project of the Xunta. The knowledge is already there, what is only missing is that administrations or any provider like "R or Vodafone" put in the Lan in place according to the number of boats that they'd like to provide with this tool. In the beginning the Lan has been planned to operate "between 2 and 8 maritime miles" but it can be improved.
According to Xurxo Cegarra from Wireless Galicia: "This technology is the ideal one and the coast is not a well served area". The company has land pilot projects and already uses this technology in the National Park Islas Atlánticas for the communication between the archipelagos. Moreover they've developed a market line which allows the equipment manufacturers to check it simulating maritime conditions in a laboratory.
Elías Pérez explains that for his part, Quobis Network (Company of Vigo) uses WiMAX on mussel farms and is already negotiating with different Spanish and foreign administrations to develop Lans that will improve "sailor defence and security".
An Asian provider has already shown his interest for this tool.
Since few months the company sold in Latin America and in Portugal a product based on WiMAX technology to movement surveillance military vehicles or of security forces.

Result Presentation
Project results had been presented yesterday in the Telecommunications School, because one of the members of the consortium is the group leader by the centre researcher Javier González Castaño. The professor Luis Castedo, responsible on the Technology, Electronic and Communication Team has been on behalf of the University of A Coruña.
The Seamax have also count on the collaboration of the Centro Tecnológico de la Pesca (CETPEC), located in the port of Celeiro, in Lugo. Researchers use its test laboratory, Santiago Apóstolo, an old fishing boat donated by the local fisher's brotherhood.
Engineers put up an antenna on board and another one in the flat roof of CETPEC in order to prove the effectiveness of the system in the ría of Celeiro and in adverse weather conditions.

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