ROM Communications Inc

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

Product: ROMTrax Wi-Fi (VMS-9602)
Communications Options: Satellite
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Information below from the Fisheries & Oceans Canada VMS Brochure.

What is the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)?

VMS is a satellite based, near real time, positional tracking system. These devices consist of a Global Positioning System (GPS) and a satellite data transmitter that provides information on the vessel name, locations and activity. License conditions in certain fisheries require that fishing vessels carry a VMS unit approved by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. VMS is not intended to replace existing mandatory safety equipment.

How does it work?

A VMS unit is about the size of a small radio with an antenna. Data is sent to a satellite orbiting the earth, relayed to a station on the ground and then sent to the designated vessel-monitoring centre in near real time or at a pre-determined time intervals.

VMS units are available with a backup battery that allows it to continue to operate in the event of a vessel power failure.

What are the benefits of VMS?


Data Communications:

The VMS unit has a two-way data communication port that can provide e-mail access while it is at Sea with the addition of a laptop computer. This allows the crew on board the vessel to communicate directly with their family and friends.

How much does the ROM VMS system cost?

Please visit the webstore for current hardware pricing.

What is Text Anywhere?

Text Anywhere service is provided with all of our VMS plans, including 2-way cell text message and email service. Using any modern web browser on a laptop or smart phone, you can send and receive text messages from your vessel to any email address or any north american cell number.

Click here for more information about Text Anywhere.

What you need to know before going fishing...

What is Friends and Family?

ROM's 'Friends and Family' website allows loved ones to locate your vessel's last known position and display it on a interactive map using a browser. This feature requires a password, which is supplied after you purchase a ROMTraX Wi-Fi unit.

You can check out the 'Friends and Family' website by clicking on the 'Friends and Family' icon below.

Friends and Family

Where can I get a ROMTraX Wi-Fi unit?

You can purchase a ROMTraX 24 hours a day by clicking on the 'Buy it Now' button below or call us at 1-877-860-3762, ext 200 from  Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm Pacific Time.

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A list of approved units is available on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's website.