ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information System – is the basic system for generation and presentation of the digital maritime charts. Charts based on the mentioned maritime standards are officially equal to analogical charts in equipment duties.
Within European research and development projects, this world-wide standard was adopted to the needs of inland navigation. The Inland ECDIS standard has been continuously revised and finally passed by the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) in summer 2001.
Inland ECDIS is also recommended as the standard for digital navigational charts by the Danube Commission, the United Nations’ European Commission for Economy (UN-ECE), the European RIS platform and INA/PIANC (International Navigation Association).
Inland ECDIS is currently the only standard accepted by all relevant inland navigation platforms. Within the scope of the COMPRIS project, the needs of East-European countries and new applications (e.g. digital notices to skippers, route planning applications, depth information and dynamic objects like locking status etc.) will be considered as well.
The major advantages of Inland ECDIS electronic charts are:
- Provision of information for all objects in text, graphical or video format
- Detailed and concise charts presentation in all resolutions and cut-out scales
- Simple and quick update of data
- Presentation in various detailedness adapted to the needs of the skippers
- Provision of further information beyond shore and border zones
- Adoption to the requirements of skippers, e.g. customizing the chart display brightness to the lighting conditions in the wheel house
- Possibility of linking with the radar display.
Data pool implemented within the D4D project enables to generate electronical charts almost completely automatically.