Thales Geosolutions launches Cableawareness.comNews // March 28, 2003
The on-line system (www.CableAwareness.com) provides basic cable positional data and cable awareness charts to the fishing community and other marine users over the Internet on behalf of the cable owners. GCI, which owns and operates the Alaska United Fiber System, has recently added CableAwareness.com as part of its cable protection strategy.
CableAwareness.com provides the infrastructure for cable owners to manage and distribute cable awareness data and products to mariners operating in the vicinity of their submarine cable. Up-to-date cable route position list (RPL) data and current notes on any repair or maintenance activity may be uploaded or edited remotely via an Internet browser, allowing immediate site management from any location. The system provides a powerful and inexpensive method to provide the same information that has historically been distributed to mariners. The site also provides a single source, controlled record of the cable positional data for internal version control of current route information.
To the user's advantage, the system provides 24-hour access to the latest cable information of all subscribing cables within their operating area, not just the most advertised or most recently damaged cable. Users can view, print and download coordinatelistings of the cables and limited extents "chartlets" that show the cable routes over standard nautical charts.
The concept of a single site to access this type of information increases the likelihood of routine usage from fishermen. Ideally, the site will eliminate the current problem where extensive research is required to identify and locate all cables within aparticular area.