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European Space Agency and the International Space Station have AIS on board

Since 2010, the International Space Station has been equipped with a space-based AIS System receiver that allows it to track ships at sea from space. Since then, the system aboard the ISS has been receiving as many as 400,000 ship’s position reports from more than 22,000 different ships every day.

This video shows how this experimental system was used in 2012 to rescue a sole surviving crew member of a Norwegian vessel after it overturned in the North Atlantic during a storm.

For the technical, there’s details here on the scientific projects that the ISS is carrying out right now – click HERE.  We say get a Digital Yacht or Digital Deep Sea AIS Transponder on board today – and an AIS SART too!

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Digital Update August 2014 Out Now

The August 2014 edition of Digital Update is now out and available to download from the link below.  This month we explore:

  • NavLink UK – our new MAC based navigation program designed to integrate with our NMEA to wireless and NMEA to USB products and will turn your MacBook into a full featured navigation system.  Now available for the US and UK – Europe coming soon!
  • WL510 Hi Power WiFi Access System – Wins Best on Test in this month’s PBO magazine
  • SmarterTrack Lite gets an upgrade
  • Using iOS with our hi power WiFi systems – useful tech tip on iPhone and iPad compatability

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Download from here Digital Update August 2014

MacBook navigation now available in the UK with NavLink UK chart app

NavLink UK for MAC is an Apple MAC based electronic charting and navigation package which turns an Apple MacBook into a full function chart plotter.  It’s priced at just £29.95 including charts and is available to download from the MAC app store

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The application comes complete with highly detailed UK Hydrographic Office vector charts for the whole of the UK & Eire and allows real time positioning, tracking and routing.  Simply create a route with a click of the mouse to quickly and easily get bearing, distance and ETA information to your destination. AIS targets can also be overlaid onto the electronic charting.  Charts can be zoomed and panned using intuitive finger gestures on the MAC track pad.

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The MAC will require a GPS connection for location and optional connection to AIS if an AIS overlay of targets is required.  Digital Yacht’s range of GPS sensors or their low cost USB-NMEA adaptor can be utilised to connect the MAC to the boat’s GPS/AIS system.  Alternatively, for a wire free solution, NavLink supports a connection via wifi to any of Digital Yacht’s NMEA to wireless devices such as iAIS and the WLN10.

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The seamless charts feature incredible detail as they are the official digitised versions of the UKHO data and show buoys, navaids, depth contours, wrecks, spot depths, restrictions etc.  It also supports “drill down” information so an object such as a buoy can be queried for its characteristics.  Weather buoys are also supported for local weather conditions (an internet connection is required for this live data) and a tidal atlas is included.  NavLink MAC users can also share routes with the NavLink iPad app.

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NavLink has been designed from the ground up to take advantage of the MACs simplicity of operation and clarity of the high resolution displays on Apple’s latest products.

The program represents an opportunity for dealers and installers to add a Digital yacht NMEA to wireless adaptor to any system and integrate MacBooks into the boat’s navigation system

Priced at £29.95, it’s available for download from the MAC app store.  A US version is also available and a European version with French, Dutch and German charts will be available shortly

 

Digital Deep Sea – Solutions for the professional market

Digital Deep Sea design and manufacture products for the commercial, fishing, workboat, naval and superyacht markets.  Here’s a guide for pro-market installers, users and dealers on our product line up which includes Class A AIS, wireless navigation solutions for Pilots and Captains and  a range of sensors.  Download it from here Digital Deep Sea Innovative Solutions

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New SmarterTrack Lite V1.04

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Today we have released an update to our popular, free SmarterTrack LITE software. Version 1.04 has improved cursor Lat/Lon display in the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen and support for the AIS transponder VDO message which allows SmarterTrack LITE to take the boat’s position from the AIS transponder even if it is not outputting traditional NMEA0183 GPS messages like GGL, GGA or RMC.

A number of people have wanted to use SmarterTrack LITE with the Pilot Plug connection of a Class A AIS Transponder and the new version now supports this allowing you to plot the boat’s position and all of the AIS targets around the boat, via one of our Pilot Plug adaptor cables or wirelessly using our PilotLink product.

Other popular applications for SmarterTrack LITE are; testing a USB or Wireless enabled AIS unit on a Windows PC or for monitoring the local AIS traffic that our AISNet product is sending to Marine Traffic, AIS Live or any of the other internet AIS services. To download a copy of the latest V1.04 please click here.

Interesting AIS Applications – Tender Tracking

Most yachts above 50ft are now equipped with either a Class A or Class B AIS transponder.  Any superyacht carrying more than 12 passengers or over 300GRT is mandated to carry a Class A transponder like our CLA1000 – details here

But how about the yacht’s tenders or jetskis?

Adding a low cost Class B transponder to a yacht tender or jetski allows it to be easily tracked for safety and security. The Digital Yacht AIT2000 Class B transponder will provide regular 30 second transmissions of the tender’s position, course and speed and allow positive identification of the tender from the mother ship.  What’s more there’s no running costs or internet connectivity required for tender tracking with AIS unlike cellular based solutions.

The AIT2000 can also connect to a compatible plotter fitted on the tender to allow an AIS overlay of targets as well as making it easy for the helmsman to locate the mother ship.

Our new GV30 combo GPS-VHF antenna is ideal too for an unobtrusive installation.

 

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Here’s a reminder of some of the features of our AIT2000

  • AIT2000 – ultra compact Class B AIS transponder
  • Fit and forget solution – Waterproof to IP65
  • Supplied with GPS antenna – requires connection to VHF antenna or suitable splitter such as SPL2000 or can be supplied with our new GV30 combo GPS-VHF antenna
  • Features dual NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 and USB interfaces for maximum flexibility
  • Remote silence/transmit inhibit feature
  • Class B AIS transmissions every 30 seconds for real time tracking

On board the mother ship, our  WLN10HS NMEA to WiFi server can be fitted to yacht’s main AIS system to allow wirelss tender tracking on crew or guest’s iPad/Phone – neat eh?  The WLN10 will typically footprint NMEA data over a boat up to 35m in length so crew can use an iPad or iPhone for navigation and tender tracking with apps like NavLink, iNavX and iAIS.

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