Upgraded app for monitoring ships, reporting emergencies at sea expected to be a hit

MOHD AZAM SHAH YAACOB, Kalbana Perimbanayagam

KUALA LUMPUR: Sea Alert, a feature of homegrown mobile application K3M 2.0 is expected to be a hit among fishermen, and, shipping and oil and gas companies.

Unveiled by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at the 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 and National Security Asia 2018 exhibition conference , K3M 2.0 is primarily for monitoring vessels and reporting emergencies at sea.

It is an upgraded version of K3M (awareness, safety and community), which was launched less than a year ago.

Royal Malaysian Navy information communication technology director Captain Dr Hisyam Harun said the user-friendly app was 100 per cent Malaysian and directly linked to satellite.

“The best part is it does not rely on telecommunication towers. Instead, it is linked to a satellite, which gives users limitless coverage at sea,” he said.

“The system communicates with our 24-hour command centre through satellite.”


Unveiled by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at the 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 and National Security Asia 2018 exhibition conference , K3M 2.0 is primarily for monitoring vessels and reporting emergencies at sea. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

Hisyam said the application worked by sending a ping to the command centre. A naval officer would call the number back within minutes to confirm the emergency reported through the app. The satellite automatically locks on to the location of the sender and it is reflected at the operation centre, making it easier to send help.

Sea Alert is part of the department’s Security and Maritime Community Awareness programme organised in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

Hisyam said the app was in Malay, English and Chinese, and could be accessed anywhere on the globe.

“You can download the application from Playstore and start using it immediately for free,” he said.

Hisyam said the original app was only usable on mobile devices and coverage was restricted to within 10 nautical miles offshore.

“Last month, on a trip to Brunei, I conducted a presentation on Sea Alert to the authorities. They were impressed and are holding discussions with TelBru and TM to introduce it.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd