Digital Yacht kicks off Kickstarter campaign with iKommunicate Gateway

signal k iot 4-3 format with line drawing

At Digital Yacht we love to be on the leading edge of marine electronics technology and when we see an exciting development we want to be the first to let you know.

Things are changing in the world of marine electronic interfacing to start enabling the internet of things afloat with the introduction of a new open source platform called Signal K. It’s been developing quietly over the past few years by a group of enthusiastic and very bright  developers and boaters and is now ready for wide scale implementation. The name comes from the original Signal K (kilo) flag which indicates “I want to communicate”!

Signal K aims to be the next generation solution for marine data exchange. It is intended to be used not only for communication between instruments and sensors on board a single vessel, but also to allow for sharing of data between multiple boats, aids to navigation, ports, marinas, etc. It is designed to be easily implemented by web and mobile applications and to connect boats and ships to the Internet of Things Afloat.  Digital Yacht have produced a white paper to help interested parties learn more about Signal K and applications. Just click HERE to get a copy.

Many of you will be familiar with NMEA data standards which have been prevalent over the past 30 years.  While reliable and proven, they are slow and also expensive to develop for as there are legal, certification and documentation costs.  These standards were developed when the instruments on the average boat were much simpler and less capable. Today’s world is a lot more connected and there are huge benefits of tablet, PC and smartphone integration for data displays, applications, sharing and control. However, we don’t see the NMEA standard disappearing over night but equally a new format is needed for the next advance in applications.  In fact, the combination of NMEA and Signal K on board is the best technical opportunity.

For Signal K to start making headway, existing instruments need to become Signal K ready. After all, you don’t want to change all your existing electronics to enable the connected boat. We also think that, in the future, new systems will start including a Signal K interface but that doesn’t stop you implementing and benefiting from the new technology today.

iKommunicate from Digital Yacht is a new gateway and server that translates NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 data to the new Signal K format allowing the current generation of marine electronics to take advantage of the Signal K platform. It converts any existing NMEA data you have on board from your GPS, instruments, engine, AIS and more to the Signal K format. This fast growing “next generation navigation” and data-sharing platform enables the connected boat – welcome to the “Internet of Things” afloat with iKommunicate!

iKommunicate plug 'n play with NMEA 2000 networks

The Signal K platform is exciting and can make a step change to the boating community.  However, like any new early market protocol, it needs a catalyst of users to seed the interest for developers. The iKommunicate gateway enables this by integrating easily with existing systems allowing you to take advantage of this next generation of applications without changing your on board electronics.

So to make this happen, we have created a Kickstarter crowd funding project to really engage with the first adopters and developers of this technology and to allow us to bring a new concept to market.  In return, you’ll get access to the new interface early and at an amazingly affordable price as we’ll as having direct access to our development team so we can build a wish list of applications and capabilities.

Please take a look at the campaign HERE and thanks for backing!

PS – If you’re visiting a yacht club or marina, please print out the promo poster HERE and pop on the notice board


Digital Update December 2015 Now Out

The December edition of Digital Update, our regular monthly newsletter is now available to download.  Just click HERE or on the image below.  This month we take a look at the Paris Boat show which starts 4th December as well as portable navigation solutions for your boat.  There are also preview details on our new Aqua Compact marine PC, scheduled for release in January 2016.

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Digital Update November 2015 Now Out

The latest edition of Digital Yacht’s regular newsletter is now available to download.  In this month’s Digital Update, we explore Sonar Server, the iKommunicate Kickstarter campaign, METS and the useful MUX100 NMEA Multiplexer.  Click on the image or download from HERE

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2015 front cover

Good Boating!

The Digital Yacht Team

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iKommunicate Kickstarter Campaign – A Dealer Update

Our iKommunicate Kickstarter campaign has been a phenomenal success and is now 463% subscribed with over 400 backers.  It has really validated consumer demand for a new level of on-board interfacing and represents a real opportunity for the whole marine industry.

Industry leaders like Panbo and Active Captain are endorsing the campaign plus the technology and it makes great reading.

The campaign ends on 15th December so there’s still time to get involved.  We really want the marine trade to embrace the technology.  So, if you’re a chandler, marine store, dealer, installer or boat builder we’ve developed a pledge just for you which includes not only the iKommunicate server at a rock bottom price ($229), but also a free dealer marketing pack with demo counter display, window stickers and literature so you can showcase your business as a marine technology leader.  If you’re a boater, then you too can back the campaign and take advantage of early adopter pricing and support. Just visit the Kickstarter site today and join in with next generation interfacing.

You can also tell your customers and friends and get them involved.  There’s a poster to download from HERE for your showroom or notice board or click on the picture below.  And if you want to learn more, check out our Signal K white paper HERE.  Thanks for backing and making a step change in marine electronic’s technology.

iKommunicate Poster

The Internet of Things Afloat Presentation to the BMEEA

BMEEA2015 IoT Afloat Presentation

Last week Paul Sumpner our CTO gave a presentation to the British Marine Electrical and Electronic Assoc (BMEEA) at their 2015 Conference in Southampton.

Titled “The Internet of Things Afloat” it looked at how the internet was rapidly expanding with everyday appliances and devices becoming “connected” and using the Internet to transmit and receive data with other devices or cloud based web servers. On a boat, the “IoT” faces some challenges but will offer some really innovative and interesting benefits to boat owners who decide to be part of this new internet enabled world.

Also included in the presentation is a quick look at Digital Yacht’s new iKommunicate gateway product that promises to be at the heart of this new “Internet of Things Afloat” and the Kickstarter campaign that was launched in the same week.

If you are interested in learning more on this subject please download a copy of Paul’s presentation by clicking here.

Digital Yacht at METS 2015 and DAME Award Nominated too!

Digital Yacht will be exhibiting again at METS, 17-19 November 2015.

We’re also delighted to have been nominated for a DAME award for the 3rd consecutive year with our new Sonar Server wireless product developed in conjuction with Navionics for use with their popular charting app.

mets dame nominatedAt this year’s DAME award, there are 51 products nominated across all equipment sectors from nearly 1400 exhibitors.

We have a new stand location in Hall 1 Stand 426 at and look forward to welcoming you there where we will be showcasing some exciting new products for 2016.

The Digital Yacht Team

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Next Generation Navigation at the Cruising Association

Digital Yacht will give a presentation on “Next Generation Navigation” at the London HQ of the Cruising Association, 21 October 2015 starting at 1900.  All are welcome (members and non members) and there is a small charge by the CA.  The talk will look at new systems and concepts for the modern connected boat as well as interfacing standards and inter-connectivity – in particular iPad navigation and integration.

More details are here: http://www.theca.org.uk/pub/

cruising association talk