I have a proposal in which I need to recommend a software package/monitoring system that will aid in the real time monitoring of a set fishing vessels, fish catch, and the fishermen while at sea.

The project is in its preliminary stage and no decisions have been made as to hardware, software and methodology.

The plan:
1. Host the application in the cloud via an Amazon Web Services account with the Ubuntu OS.
2. The boats will be outfitted with a GPS device and the fishermen will have a smart phone
3. Real time collected will be GPS and SMS
4. The data will stored in a geo-database (like cartodb)
5. leaflet for mapping software
6. Other related data will be manually

My preference is to use open source software

Any hardware and software suggestions would be appreciated

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    What OS should it be running on (tracking device, monitoring device)? How should the monitoring be done (e.g. how should the data come from the tracking device to the monitoring device: mobile data, SMS, …)? Please edit your post and add some more details (for a guide, see What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?). Thanks!
    – Izzy
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 11:29
  • Thanks for the comment. More details added
    – ChrisJ
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 13:34
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    How far out will the vessels be? Trying to use cell phone signals won't work when the cell towers have disappeared below the horizon ;-) Sounds like only satellite communication will do the trick.
    – user416
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 14:20
  • Thanks for the edit! The OS question is still not addressed (if you're open to "anything", as no hardware was yet acquired, please point that out explicitly). From the details, it could be Android/iOS/Windows/Fire*/whatever – and you gave no details for the "receiving end". If (GPS) data is shared via SMS, you either need a gateway or some smartphone here as well. As it currently stands, I'd almost say your request goes beyond what this site is for: we do no hardware recommendations, especially not that detailed.
    – Izzy
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 15:13
  • Jan It is the artisanal (small craft) fishing industry. So the boats will not be going too far from the shore. The real time data will be mainly from the GPS units.
    – ChrisJ
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 23:28

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I suggest you give a try on this it's called OpenGTS,This software is a full featured web-based GPS tracking system for your fleet of vehicles. It supports OpenLayers and other map providers, detail/summary Reporting, and various GPS tracking devices.


I have a Motorola Moto-G phone with a built in GPS. There is a free application called My Tracks from Google that will track the phones location using the GPS and share the data to the cloud. This should work on any Android phone with a GPS and current hardware/software.

This does not implement all of your requirements but it does much of it.

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