IEEE Ottawa Section

Tour jointly sponsored by IEEE Ottawa Chapters VTS and AESS.

Plans have firmed up for a trip to see the Seaway VIS shore-based systems in the Montreal area.
All-day Saturday, 24 May - travel by private car with car-pooling.

Further technical information:

Site Visits and Lectures -
Seaway Vessel Information System in Montréal:
Canadian Coastguard Longueuil and St. Lambert Lock

All-day Saturday, 24 May 2003

travel by private cars (with possible doubling up; gas from Ottawa is about $30 - $40)
Formal registration and interest from May 12th -
must register by 20 May see below

reservations/details - Hugh Reekie or 613-728-5343

Pre-registration is required. Numbers limited to 30.
The cut-off for registrations is 20 May, after which time no further registrations can be accepted.

Directions to Canadian Coast Guard Longueuil - 101 Roland Therrien Blvd

The St. Lawrence Seaway Vessel Automatic Identification System - AIS
How does it work?

Berthold Tepper, Canadian Coastguard

Monday 28th April 2003, 7.30 pm - The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St

Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a new technology that has the potential to greatly improve the safety of navigation while offering economic benefits to all those who use it. The basic concept for a shipborne transponder that could be used for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication was introduced by IALA as far back as the early 1990's. The introduction of the Self-organizing Time Division Multiple Access (SOTDMA) technology in around 1996 provided a highly capable technology platform for this concept. Since that time IALA has been leading the effort to produce the necessary technical specifications, recommendations and guidelines for AIS. This paper provides a historical sketch of how AIS developed since the early 90's and will describe how AIS works. A large (1.8mb) file, in Powerpoint, of the presentation can be made available.

Bert Tepper is AIS Project Manager, Coast Guard, DFO Canada. Following graduation with a B.Sc. (1960) and M.Sc. (1965) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Mr. Tepper worked for a number of industrial (Northern Electric, Bell Northern Research) and government organizations ( Transport Canada, Aviation Group, Canadian Coast Guard ) being responsible for product development, manufacturing, system engineering and life-cycle management in a variety of technical fields (microwave transmission equipment, radio navigation and communication equipment). In 2002 Mr.Tepper was appointed Manager, AIS Special Project, responsible for planning the AIS program of the Canadian Coast Guard. Mr. Tepper is a member of IEEE and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Ship-Shore Communications in Canada,
and the Introduction of Digital Selective Calling

George Olmstead - Canadian Coast Guard - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard is in the process of installing VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) systems as part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) at selected Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centres on the East and West Coasts of Canada, these systems will be declared in Full Operational Condition on August 1, 2003. This is in conjunction with the HF DSC that has been installed and operational in the Canadian Arctic. An "Evaluation of the Need for a VHF/DSC Safety Service in the St Lawrence River and The Great Lakes" was completed on January 28, 2002 by ViC Ltd. and recommended the installation of VHF/DSC in these areas.

George Olmstead is the Project Director and the MCTS Project Officer for the installation of the National VHF/DSC System in Canada. He is currently the Acting Manager of Marine Communications and Traffic Services mainly responsible for the delivery of MCTS services by the Canadian Coast Guard. A hard copy of this presentation can be mailed on request.

Attendance was 16; 8 IEEE members.

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