AISITS is an innovative product developed by ITS Center for Excellence of Maritime Safety and Marine Installation, known as PUI-Kekal, which utilizes an automatic identification system (AIS) as data for monitoring vessels.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a technology-based on Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communication which used to track and monitor vessel movements. AIS can be viewed in a chart plotter or computer. AISITS was developed to reduce the risk of accidents between ships or ships with offshore structures. AISITS automatically broadcast ship information and voyage data at a regular time interval.
In cooperation with the Politeknik Pelayaran (Poltekpel) Surabaya, ITS conducted maritime safety training focusing on the provision of basic knowledge on the use of AISITS application.
The training targeted academics and practitioners in the fields of shipping safety, ports, as well as the oil and gas industry. The training consisted of two scopes, i.e. basic knowledge and application.
The basic knowledge training covered several topics such as Maritime Safety and Risk Analysis, Ship Operation, and Ship Operational Cost Estimation Simulator Design, while the application training consisted of Mobile Navigation Track of Ship and AISITS Training. The AISITS application training consisted of ship inspection, early warning system, and ship tracking system.
Together with the training event, AISITS Research Consortium was launched as a forum for the development of Automatic Identification System-based research and innovation products. Besides ITS, several universities have joined the consortium, such as Mataram University (Unram), Politeknik Negeri Madura (Poltera), Politeknik Negeri Banyuwangi (Poliwangi), and Politeknik Perkapalan Negeri Surabaya (PPNS).
Dr. Eng. Dhimas Widhi Handani as the Head of Center for Excellence of Maritime Safety and Marine Installation mentioned that after the research collaboration, ITS received grants to install AIS devices in several universities. This shows that this collaboration has a long-term and serious mission to seek maritime safety in Indonesia.
In the future, Dr. Dhimas hopes that the safety assurance of maritime facilities and activities will increase. For more information about AISITS can be found on this website: http://ais.its.ac.id/.