SODENA pioneered ECDIS systems by starting GECDIS' development in 1997. The first equipment was installed on a Merchant navy ship in 2000. Since then hundreds of GECDIS systems have been implemented as ECDIS &/or ECS depending on vessel requirment.

Examples are:
Fisheries Research Service - Marine Scotland, Vessels and submarines of the French Navy-fully equipped with NetRadar - The Sodena flexible Radar Overlay solution.
Brittany Ferries, CMA-CGM, Delmas, SNCM, Socatra, Brostrom Tankers.
Icelandic, Danish, German and Malaysian Coast Guards. Singapore Navy ultimate Frigates.

All the features one would expect from a navigation system are available on GECDIS - with SODENA performance.

  • Route planning.
  • Voyage Data Recorder.
  • Search and Rescue, Communication and Alarms.
  • Radar overlay and Universal AIS.
  • Classical navigation functions for training.
  • Ethernet radar control and data sharing.
    • Today there are 2 routes to compliance with IMO regulations for charting carriage.

      1: paper charts updated regularly by hand.
      2: full ecdis compliance by fitting a dual certified ecdis system, with official ENCs updated electronically.The backup system may have application specific functions added, so it becomes more than a safe navigation tool.

      However, there is a third halfway house that will make this process less costly for vessel operators, while allowing an easy technical transition from paper to electronic navigation for the ships officers.

      A: use paper charts as the primary navigation tool updated by hand
      B: use a single non certified Electronic charting system (Gecdis with the correct certified hardware, but no official certification document) and official electronic charts. This backup system may have application specific functions added, so it becomes more than a safe navigation tool

      This method gets the crew used to the electronic navigation on equipment that purely needs a certificate, and spreads a large expense for the ship owner. Eventually, when Ecdis compliance is mandatory, and the money must be spent, the cost of final compliance is reduced. Contact us for details of this process.


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