Bandwidth Efficiency will Drive Maritime Digitalization
Gregory Darling and Applied Satellite Technology (AST) works with shipowners to help them use their bandwidth more efficiently for ship business and crew needs.When Gregory Darling, Group MD, AST, worked in the marine industry in the 1980s with a marine survey company, he needed to get word to one of his ships off of West Africa to recalibrate its course and head off to a new job. But the ship had left port, and radio calls to the ship went unanswered, resulting in two days of lost time and revenue.“That was frustrating and costly…
Vesper Marine Launches Watchmate Vision2
Vesper Marine, manufacturer of marine safety products, has announced the evolution of the world’s first and only touchscreen Class B AIS transponder with the introduction of the WatchMate Vision2.The Vision2 has a new look with a seamless black-bezel front panel and glossy black sides, designed to complement any helm or nav station. Vision2 features a highly responsive, easy to use capacitive touchscreen, allowing users to scroll through menus, zoom in and out, select vessels for additional details and navigation data, change alarm settings and more with the gentlest of touches.
Navionics Acquires Wavey Line
Navionics, a content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has announced the acquisition of Wavey Line Charts. The crystal-clear waters and the white beaches of the Caribbean – from Hispaniola to the northern end of Bahamas – are one of the world’s most sought after destinations for boaters. Bob Gascoine and Jane Minty, Wavey Line owners and founders, have done an outstanding job of charting those waters with their expertise as surveyors, divers and mariners, as well as cartographers.
Vesper Marine Launches Smartais Technology
Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, has released its smartAIS technology. Combined with Vesper Marine products, smartAIS provides new capabilities – including the world’s first black box AIS transponder with built-in safety alarms. An active system with smart alarm logic, it proactively alerts boaters of potentially hazardous situations. Putting users in control, smartAIS combines navigation sensor data, and GPS and AIS information, with intelligent alarm management that prioritizes alerts for the most urgent response.
Mercury Marine Wins Innovation Awards at IBEX
Mercury Marine was awarded two Innovation Awards Tuesday at the 2016 International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) for its VesselView Mobile app and its Electronic Steering Helm. Both products were developed with the goal creating a better boating experience, according to their developer. VesselVIew Mobile, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, instantly provides users access to their boat’s SmartCraft digital data in the palm of their hand…
nv Charts Updates Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean Charts
nv charts has announced the release of their newly updated chart sets for Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 2016/17 in paper and digital format. In addition to being updated, the new NV.Atlas format brings a modern, handy design to the charts that’s practical and easy to use. The chart set includes a download of digital charts, including free navigation software, plus the free nv charts Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The App includes free digital updates for this chart set for 2016/17.
Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision
Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience. Preinstalled on all new units, the update is also available at no charge for existing owners. “When we first launched the WatchMate Vision, we raised the bar for boater safety,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Today it is the premier AIS safety instrument on the planet.
Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder
Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety. The XB-8000 is an upgradeable AIS platform, designed to be compatible with a continuous stream of feature updates, adding a host of new and unique capabilities. The most recent update makes it the first AIS transponder to allow users to connect an external buzzer to enable an audible alarm for AIS Man Overboard (MOB)…
FUSION Debuts Compact Marine Stereo
FUSION Entertainment announced today the release of a new compact and cost effective series, the MS-RA70 and MS-RA70N. Featuring a sleek front face finish with a shallow-mount case design, the new FUSION audio system delivers clear and dynamic sound reproduction in a marinized, space-saving chassis for flexible installation options, the manufacturer said. Engineered to seamlessly replace any standard DIN-sized car stereo, the low-profile MS-RA70 design allows for integration without the need to redesign the dash space. Cost-effective and easy-to-use, the MS-RA70 offers a powerful entertainment solution for boats with a busy helm.
Crestron Debuts 4K Video Distribution Solution
Now 4K Ultra HD video can be enjoyed both on land and at sea. Crestron said it will display its full range of marine solutions, including the industry’s first and only complete, certified 4K video distribution solution, at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. The 25th anniversary show will be held once again in the spectacular setting of Port Hercules, Monaco from 23 – 26 September 2015. Crestron is exhibiting on stand QAA7, which will be split into two zones to separately showcase the company’s specific solutions for owners and crew.
Free Digital Charts Now Feature Cruising Guide
Global chart maker NV Charts is adding a new, dynamic dimension to its digital chart products and mobile NV App, all for free. Cruisers who download the free NV App for navigating with tablets or mobile devices will also be able to download NV Chart’s entire U.S. East Coast digital chart sets at zero cost from Maine and the Canadian Border to the southernmost tip of Florida at Key West. In addition, NV Charts has teamed up with the Atlantic Cruising Club (ACC), an independent publishing company that offers guides with information on marinas and their surrounding areas.
Wireless Sensor Checks Pressure of Marine A/C and Refrigeration
The CirrusSense TDWLB is reportedly the first pressure transducer in the world to use wireless Bluetooth technology and a patent pending design to connect pressure sensors to tablets and smartphones through the use of a free iOS app. The new CirrusSense sensor, certified as Bluetooth Smart, is suited for remote reading of refrigerant pressure/temperature in marine and RV applications. Its mobile app ("T-Direct TDWLB" on Apple iTunes) lets the user name each sensor, then program setpoints/alarms for multiple sensors…
Online at Sea: Cruise Company Debuts Social Media Flat Fee
The advent of broadband at sea continues to expand, as German cruis brand AIDA introduces a flat-fee for social media networks onboard its ships. AIDA Cruises is introducing an Internet flat fee for social media networks on board its ships. For 4 euros per day, or 19 euros per week, passengers will be able to share their experiences on board with friends in popular social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp. “The use of mobile devices is continuously growing.
New Format for Bahamas Chart Sets
NV Charts has announced the release of all chart sets, beginning with its Bahamas chart sets, in new Atlas style format. The new format applies to its newly updated chart sets for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016. All of the NV Charts Bahamas sets will shortly be available in Atlas format, check the website, www.nvcharts.com, for availability. “Atlas format is handy, compact, and easy to use and manage,” states Hasko Scheidt, CEO.
Latest from GOST at Palm Beach Boat Show
GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), will highlight its newest recreational marine products at the 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show in Palm Beach, Florida, March 26-29. The company said it will highlight its GOST Watch HD H2O video surveillance system. Housed in a compact, IP67 certified waterproof, impact-resistant, fiberglass container, the unit can be installed quickly and includes a high-speed 4G LTE data communicator, gateways for up to six cameras, a control unit and a GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder.
Seapilot Navigation App Available for Windows Mobile Devices
True Heading announced the release of its Seapilot Navigation app for Windows mobile devices today. The Seapilot Navigation app had previously been available for Apple and Android devices. The app is now available for free download on the Windows Phone Store. Early Windows Store reviews, however, indicate required in-app purchases. The product's fine print indicates a free 36-hour trail period "with all functionality and all charts available for evaluation before purchase." Users also complained about a lack of maps for US coastal waters. The app displays S-57 vector chart data on its proprietary chart engine.
Seapilot Navigation App Released
Seapilot has released its navigation app for Windows mobile devices. Continuing its focus on mobility, the Seapilot Navigation app, originally available on Apple and Android devices, is now available for free from the Windows Phone Store. The Seapilot Navigation app displays S-57 vector chart data on its proprietary chart engine. When used with a direct GPS connection, the app shows position and presents up-to-the-minute AIS data on most portable devices. The Seapilot app is capable of displaying current position information…
Navico Launches GoFree Brand
Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has launched its newest brand, GoFree. Designed to deliver content and services to consumers for use with Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Multifunction Displays (MFDs), as well as mobile devices. GoFree products include all existing Insight charts, Insight Genesis personalized mapping service with Social Map community data sharing, BioBase aquatic map Software as a Service (SaaS), the online GoFree Shop which offers content from Jeppesen…
Navionics Improves Detail of Boaters' Charts
Cartography Leader Now Accepts Multiple Sonar Log Formats Enhancing Award-Winning Platform. Navionics has announced a new development in its SonarCharts high definition bathymetry map. Now compatible with sonar log data formats from leading echosounder and GPS chartplotter manufacturers Lowrance, Raymarine, Simrad and B&G in addition to Humminbird and Garmin, with wireless connectivity for supported devices, Navionics said it makes it easier than ever for users to share sonar recordings which improve SonarCharts for future trips.