Nourredine Houari, Thierry Amieil

Small pleasure boats are not detectable by maritime traffic systems because they are currently not required to carry location transmitter devices. Indeed, most of these boats have no radio devices at all at their disposal for communication purposes, which isolates them from each other. USea is an innovative maritime and social GPS network solution that uses mobile phone networks to enable all of its users to share information on their location, identification, travels, and social status. It thus provides real-time snapshots of small boat traffic and serves as a database for pleasure boats all around the world. The application is designed to increase safety and security at sea by creating an interconnected network for maritime enthusiasts. Thanks to USea, no boat captain will ever have to feel alone again.