Buddycom is installed on my smartphone, which is always in my pocket, and I only use the speaker microphone to control it. One of the benefits of Buddycom is that I no longer have to worry about damaging my smartphone by getting it wet or dropping it from my work clothes pocket.
We take a boat to the fishing grounds, and with Buddycom, we can talk in real time no matter where we are, so even if the boat ahead of us forgets something, we can contact all employees at once and have it delivered by one of the nearby boats or hill members.
As I said, leaving and returning by boat would have cost twice as much in time and fuel, so this system has helped to reduce those costs.
We sometimes have to make sudden changes to the work depending on the weather or the progress of the work, but using Buddycom has made communication more convenient, and we don't have to go back to the meeting once, which has made the work progress smoother.
We use Buddycom as a communication tool when we work at fishing grounds where tuna is cultivated, for example, when we need to request more staff for a fishing ground that is short of workers, or when we need someone to move from one site to another.
We have not had any major emergencies at the moment, but since we are working at sea, we use Buddycom as a way of confirming the safety of our employees by saying, "I have finished my work, so I will go now and return.
We also set up fixed points in each fishing ground to check for red tide. When we want to prevent damage from the red tide, we check the red tide at the onshore facilities and quickly communicate with our employees whether to continue feeding, stop feeding, or wait.
The system is also used for evacuation drills in emergency situations. Since the safety of our employees is our top priority in continuing our business, we have to be prepared for natural disasters such as tsunamis, lightning caused by sudden cumulonimbus clouds, and other life-threatening natural phenomena. In the evacuation drill, we assumed that there was a risk of tsunami, so we placed workers at each aquaculture site and sent out a simultaneous call from the base station to all employees via Buddycom.
Since we do most of my work outdoors and at sea, we find Buddycom to be a sturdy speaker microphone that can be used hands-free, and easy to use even with gloves on.
We find it useful because we can hear and talk without problems even when it is windy or near the sound of an engine.
We will continue to use it as a communication tool as we operate our business in multiple fishing grounds.
We also do some work in the sea, and it is very dangerous in the sea, so it would be very nice and convenient if we could use Buddycom to communicate with other divers in the sea in the future.
Makoto TakahashiTuna Dream Goto Inc.
Munehisa ShidaTuna Dream Goto Inc.