EWIS launches specialized tablet computers for sea trawlers

E-W Information Systems Ltd., a pioneer within Sri Lanka’s ICT industry, enables business transformation for its customers through the innovative use of technology.

With an over 30-year track record of bringing the best people and technologies from around the world to deliver creative, intelligent answers to customer’s business issues, it recently launched the new EWIS T800RG – Sri Lanka’s very first rugged device – specially manufactured for rugged use such as the requirement of the fisheries industry in Sri Lanka.

This launch is well timed with the Sri Lankan Government’s vision of adapting the international fisheries policy of the European Union through the introduction of the latest technology to the local fishing community and the fisheries industry.

Speaking at the ceremony at which the distribution of these mobile devices was launched with the issue of 20 units to fishermen as a symbolic gesture, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera stated: “It is indeed an historic moment for us as we implement technology into the fisheries industry of Sri Lanka – a first within this region. It has been the vision of the Government of Sri Lanka to create a digitally inclusive nation, embracing technology and implementing IT to all industries. By launching this product and making it available to our fishing community, we are not only abiding by the international requirements of technological adaption stipulated via the International Fisheries Policy of the European Union, we will also be able to introduce legal regulation into this profession where scientific mechanisms can be implemented with the objective of protecting the lives of our fishermen and enhancing their livelihood more efficiently and economically. In all 2,400 of these units will be distributed among the fishing boat owners across the island.”

This all new EWIS T800RG device has been manufactured under the IP code 67 (International Protection Marking IEC standard 60529) which means that the device is protected against access to hazardous particles such as dust and the effects of temporary submission in water – for about 30 minutes in one m depth of water – resulting it being the ideal device for every Sri Lankan fishermen considering the time spent at sea, travel distance, working hours and work methods. Further the company confirms that the EWIS T800RG has undergone stringent testing methods – thus proving that it is dust proof, water proof and most importantly contains anti corrosion particles which makes the device sea worthy.

“As a pioneer and only original device manufacturer in Sri Lanka, we are constantly looking for opportunities to identify and satisfy various needs of our customers. Once such need has been identified, we take pride in introducing products and services that makes their lives easy – offering them the latest technology, affordable product mix, backed by our superior after sales service and extensive customer service outlets located across the country,” stated E-W Information Systems Chairman Sanjeewa Wickramanayake. “With the EWIS T800RG device, our Sri Lankan fishermen can now have close contact and proper communication with land reducing the risk factors they encounter at sea.”

The EWIS T800RG device comes with Intel Atom processor, 2GB/32GB RAM storage, 8″ screen, 2MP+5MP camera, micro SIM slot, micro SD Card, USB port, touch screen and wireless compatible. The device is also 4G enabled and has full strength in terms of signals. The tabs come with a Lithium – ion polymer battery (8500mAh/3.7V). The device comes with an inbuilt GPS system, which helps track the location of the trawler.

The proposed solution tracks and stores important information such as type of fish caught, place of catch, ideal location for fishing, and full harvest of a fisherman which assists them in terms of direction and management of their time when they visit the same location for a second and third time. It also helps the fishermen at sea, communicate with land, passing on details regarding their daily catch, reducing the lead time taken to transport the harvest to various markets by eliminating time taken to sort and segregate the daily catch, identify requirements of the various markets and the follow-up of transportation. With this solution, the whole process can flow efficiently, eliminating bottle necks and wastage.

With over three decades of experience in providing best of breed business solutions using cutting edge technology, EWIS takes pride in supporting the owners of multiday fishing vessels and the Ministry through their branch offices and island wide customer service network located across the country. The software used in this system that is designed to capture the cruise track of the voyage of the fishing vessels as well the catch data was designed and developed by the Ministry of Fisheries in close collaboration with the School of Computing of the University of Colombo.