Maritime Information Portal
MIP (Maritime Information Portal) is a web application we produced for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). MIP was created for mariners who wish to view a variety of information sources including:
- Reported and unconfirmed Hydrographic Notes sourced directly from the portal and via the ADMIRALTY H-Note App
- Product Limits
- Maritime information such as RNWs, World Ports, and Anti shipping activity
The portal aids mariners, particularly those who actively use a vessel by presenting them with relevant maritime information data such as wrecks, water pollution, and new sea features (such as piers). This data can help mariners plan their journeys around any potentially hazardous maritime incidents.
The Maritime Information portal has a front-end AngularJS application which gets displayed to the user, this application uses a google map to display the geospatial data to users. There is a PHP API that the Angular app communicates with. This PHP API is connected to both a PostgreSQL database which holds the geospatial data and a MySQL database which holds the user authentication data.
We built in a “gamification” mechanism into the Angular app. Users would score points for every H-Note they submitted to the App which got verified. Once they reach certain milestones, their H-Note rank increases. This is displayed visually on the front-end as a collection of stars. Users ranking range from 1 to 5. This mechanism helps users engage with the portal and provides an incentive for them to report H-Note incidents via the portal.
- Geospatial Data