New release – AIS Inter-station Networking, Date-restricted Reports, Configurable Range Rings

New Mysticetus on the download page, version

A ton of exciting new features with this release.


AIS Inter-Station Networking

Mysticetus now piggy-backs on AIS-A packets to keep itself in sync across any number of platforms. For example, if you had two vessels out cruising, one shore station manning a theodolite and binos, and one airplane looking for critters from the air, Mysticetus will now keep them ALL in sync, in real-time – assuming you plant an AIS-A device on each of them. Mysticetus will plot the locations of each station as it moves (uh – hopefully the land station isn’t moving!), and it will plot any and all sightings and acoustics localizations – instantly across your entire field network, as long as everyone is within AIS-A range.


Date Restricted Reports

Mysticetus now allows all of its reports to be date and time restricted. That is, if you only want to see sightings or effort reports for certain time ranges, you can now enter that in the following fields. This allows people to run Mysticetus constantly for long periods of time, but extract the sighting, vessel or effort reports as needed:


Configurable Range Rings

Previously, range rings were simple concentric, equally spaced circles – you told Mysticetus how many you wanted and at what increment. With this release, that all changes. You can now create as many circles as you want, at whatever ranges you want, AND you can fill them in with any color.

But wait, there’s more!! These range circles are implemented as geo-polygons, and that means you can NAME them, plus you can use the Inside() formula to direct the data entry sheets in Mysticetus to detect which circle a sighting is within, if any. Here is an example of putting ensonification regions around a vessel.

(no, don’t ask me why a B. mysticetus is in the San Nicolas Basin…maybe it’s taking its kids to Legoland 🙂 )

Other uses would be to put rings around a fixed waypoint (such as a construction site at the shoreline).

Here is the Range Circle editor:

You get here by clicking first on Vessel Information in the Data Panel:

And clicking the ellipses next to Range Circles:


I hope everyone’s summer is going great!


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