Is there a possible way to reward (moral) the effort to do best in terms of effectiveness taking also into account quality and reliability even when their result is sound and conformant but not the quickest in the "arena"?
I came to this reasoning after careful observation of the behavior of my own station and nearby ones by noting that certain stations systematically wipe-out any contribution of all other stations likely because they are quicker (perhaps enjoying one or more favorable conditions like: high speed connectivity, more performant HW, slimmer transmission protocol stack etc.). That's a bit annoying and unfair too (to my taste).
Perhaps my point of view is biased by my personal boundary conditions which may be a frein, though eventually also a plus/benefit for MT. Being in a quite elevated location, typically not much populated brings some external conditions unfair for a pure performance-wise comparison: lack of wired internet connection (not ADSL nor fibre ... of course), generally more exposed to weather rough conditions (winds ... a lot, but also lightening) which pose a bit of challenge to accomplish the task of signals detecting and relaying to MT, but, at the same time, do offer a better perspective to view far away which is an appreciated benefit.
Given the above I figured out, without taking anything away from anyone: why not to give the recognition of the mention to all the stations (and not only to the quickest)? Namely the ones that at a given time (when MT servers go looking what's new for updating the vessel's positions database) are there too with the same updated position information ... if any. I don't mind a special (more evident) reward for the winner (the quickest) but including in the list also the other ones would confirm that the station is performing well and ... is there too, almost.
Something like (in the pop up windows):
Received: 4 minutes ago (AIS Source: 139890 )
also reporting: 1396042, 1395091, 1395733, 1394372
I hope not having been too much intricated and the modest proposal been understood.
What do you think about?
Many kind regards
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