DOTMobile says its system can also provide data about the boat and her equipment to help predict service needs and assist in scheduling maintenance. The company says the idea is to optimize a boaters’ time by scheduling boat service to coincide with those times the boat goes unused.
The system is expandable, according to the company, so a boat owner or business maintaining anywhere from two boats to a fleet of commercial vessels can use the system. Rental companies, boat clubs, and charter services all can benefit from the hands-on vessel management the system allows.
By having one of DOTMobile’s black box GPS trackers installed on a boat, the company says the boat owner is putting a preconfigured device equipped with communications through an activated global multi-carrier SIM. Depending on the setup and onboard equipment installed, the device communicates the boat’s location, bilge-water status, bilge-pump activity, presence of smoke, and monitoring of shore power connection, according to DOTMobile. The company says it can also monitor battery and tank levels, with the proper additional equipment, and is capable of integrated with the NMEA 2000 backbone to monitor multiple ship’s systems.
DOTMobile says pricing varies according to the amount of equipment and monitoring levels required, base equipment starts at $199 for a BB100, which monitors the battery and up to two other systems (such as bilge pump, smoke or intruder alarm, or shore power), as well as allowing the immobilizer function and control of one other system, such as air conditioning or lights. Subscriptions for the monitoring start at $39 per year.