More and more navigators are wanting a portable navigation solution either to move from boat to boat or have on their main vessel as a backup or easy installation solution. The availability of low cost tablets and notebook PCs has made this really affordable and Digital Yacht have some great solutions to deliver professional navigation solutions from a portable package – and at great value too!
GPS Positioning – The Fundamental
A good quality GPS sensor with accurate positioning is the backbone of any modern navigation system. Digital Yacht’s GPS150 DualNav GPS/GLONASS sensors provide highly accurate position, course and speed information with super fast updates and the GPS150USB makes an ideal positioning sensor for a notebook based navigation system. It’s also powered directly from the USB port so there’s no extra cabling required.
The picture above show the GPS150USB with Digital Yacht’s SmarterTrack software running on a notebook PC. More details HERE and also on SmarterTrack software which is a great solution for a PC allowing Navionics chart cartridges to be shared between PC and plotter.
Tablets, iPads and GPS…
Many tablets will have a GPS built in but some are very poor quality or use wireless assisted services which will not function at sea. Also, once below, the GPS in the tablet may not function as the antenna is obstructed by the deck and the use of internal GPS massively decreases the battery life of the tablet. A dedicated sensor is therefore by far the best solution and will give much better course and speed readings too. While some Android tablets can take a USB GPS connection via an OTG cable, trailing a cable to the tablet is messy so a much better solution is a wireless link. Digital Yacht’s NMEA to wireless products (detailed HERE) are ideal for connecting to existing systems
Nomad – True portability and includes Class B AIS…
A tablet or iPad makes for a great navigation device – lightweight, portable and with a touch screen they are easy to use and there’s a massive selection of charting and navigation apps which generally are a fraction of the cost of sophisticated PC software. Digital Yacht have now introduced Nomad – a portable Class B AIS transponder (send and receive AIS data) with a wireless interface and portable antenna plus built in GPS.
Nomad features a wifi and USB interface too which also provides power for the unit so you can utilise any 3rd party USB power bank or outlet for true portability. Find out more HERE or download the information pack from HERE
Great new portable navigation solutions from Digital Yacht