Newsletter #283

Newsletter #283 - September 9, 2015

Route Storage & Sharing Continued

>>> Route Storage & Sharing Continued >>>

It has been great to see the logs of thousands of routes being moved back and forth with the new Route Storage and Sharing (RSS) capabilities we announced last week. The goal of this free service is to allow the open transfer of your routes between all your navigation products. In the past we'd visited so many boats with so many incredible navigation tools being used but only one that had the current route because it was too difficult or not even possible to move the route between them. Even on our own boat, moving routes requires SD cards, exporting, format conversions. It shouldn't be that way in 2015.

Here's how it works...

We're providing a few terabytes (1,000 gigabytes) of data storage on our servers for route storage and backup. These routes are backed up every 4 days within the US and once a week on a server in Europe. Once your routes are in the system, they'll remain secure. Only you can change them using your ActiveCaptain account email and password.

We then provide some free tools that any software developer can build into their product to synchronize your routes from our servers. This is very similar to ActiveCaptain synchronization for offline use. When someone modifies a marina field or adds a hazard comment, hundreds of thousands of apps are updated with just the data that has changed. All we're doing is extending this technology to routes. We're also allowing any developer to use these new capabilities - they don't have to license or pay us anything.

The tools we provide will work on any product or any type of device. It has already been implemented by Coastal Explorer for Windows, Aqua Map for iOS, and MX Mariner for Android. Any navigation app can add this function pretty easily.

If you have a favorite nav product, even a chartplotter, that you'd like to provide simple route transfer with all your routes, tell the developer or chartplotter manufacturer to contact us. Or they can download the specifications and just implement the capability. The full interface specifications are located here:

If the product already has ActiveCaptain support, you don't need to contact them. We're already making the contact now to show them the new capabilities.

As new products support Route Storage and Sharing we'll announce them here. There are others already who have committed to supporting it. Every additional product makes the network of route transfer stronger. Consider support for this seamless route transfer when making your purchase decisions because having your routes on every display can be important for your electronic navigation safety.

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