The Romanian mobileRIS.ro pilot application fully developed within IRIS Europe 3 project, provides quick and continuous access to River Information Services by means of mobile equipment. The application addresses all types of users interested in information such as up-to-date and historical vessel positions provided by the Automatic Identification System, water level, weather condition, waterway shallow sections or other RIS related information.
The up-to-date positioning data, which is displayed on top of a map service, covers the Romanian inland waterways as well as the coastal area of the Black Sea. The data displayed comes from class A and class B transponders as well as Aids to Navigation. The application has implemented “vessel search“ and “go to“ functions. Among other relevant data such as position, vessel name, MMSI, speed, position time, transponder class, course, heading, speed vector, the application provides the user as well with a dynamic data quality indicator with values between 0, which represents high quality data and 100, which represents data of low quality. Common touch screen gestures can be used to navigate the map or to select a vessel.
A 10 days track for each ship that navigated through Romanian inland waterways can be consulted in the application and users can navigate through the track positions step by step using the next and previous buttons or by moving the available slide bar. For each track position the time and speed are displayed. The up-to-date positioning information and 10 days of vessel track, are subject to authentication, which can be obtained from the Romanian authorities. The other information provided by the application can be consulted without authentication.
The application provides daily hydrological information for the Romanian inland waterways ports. The main page of this section provides information such as: Water level and variance, water temperature and port kilometre. Once a port is accessed, more details are available as well as the graph with the water levels within the last 10 days.
The shallow sections from the Romanian inland waterways are available and updated automatically when new information is available from the administration. Parameters such as name, start and end hectometres, current minimum depth and if the section is currently critical or not, are being displayed on the Shallow page. Once a shallow section is accessed, more details are available as well as the link to the longitudinal profile.
The mobile application provides the users as well with information related to weather conditions and to notices to skippers issued at national level.
The mobile application connects to a set of web services that provide relevant RIS information made available by the systems managed by the Romanian Naval Authority and the Romanian Administration of the Lower Danube. The application has been developed to be available in English language and to be distributed free of charge to the users.