Digital Yacht have just released a new AIS Class B transponder intended specifically for easy installation on small yachts, motor boats and RIBs. It’s designed to simply plug into an existing NMEA 2000 network to provide compatible plotters and instruments with AIS data. As a transponder, it also sends vessel data to other AIS users. Class B units require their own GPS in order to ensure they transmit accurate data and this normally means another antenna outside the boat. The AIT1500N2K has a built in, highly sensitive GPS so it can work below decks on GRP boats cutting down on antenna clutter. All that’s required to complete operation is connection to a VHF antenna or suitable AIS-VHF antenna splitter such as the Digital Yacht SPL2000.
There’s a USB interface for programming and also for use with PC/MAC based charting applications. Digital Yacht also have an optional WiFi adaptor for the NMEA 2000 backbone to allow data transfer to a tablet, smart phone or iPad – details HERE
“Many boaters see the huge benefits of AIS and want to embrace the technology but are put off by a difficult and costly installation. The AIT1500N2K couldn’t be easier to fit – it even takes power from the boat’s NMEA 2000 network. This standard is now embraced on just about every modern chart plotter or instrument system to allow plug ‘n play interfacing” commented Paul Sumpner, CTO of Digital Yacht.
The AIT1500N2K is available now and will be on display at the London Boat Show 2016 Stand C021
It costs £450/$699.95/€645 (excluding VAT if applicable) and further details are at http://www.digitalyachtamerica.com