The popular Navionic’s Boating app remains a firm favourite on every sailor’s iPhone or iPad but the most “asked for” upgrade in terms of functionality is the ability to display AIS targets. There’s now a neat solution following the launch of a new version of Digital Yacht’s iAIS app.
The new iAIS app supports a background layer of charting utilising the detailed Navionics charts. What’s more, there’s no requirement to re-purchase charts so long as you have a current Navionic’s subscription and app on the iOS device. The Navionics charting layer can be enabled with a low cost in app purchase.
The iAIS app is designed for operation with any of Digital Yacht’s wireless AIS products like the Nomad, iAIS, AIT3000 or a wireless server such as the WLN10HS connected to any AIS receiver/transponder from a 3rd party. Once connected, it will overlay all AIS targets around your vessel with icons indicating heading of the targets. You can drill down on vessel information by simply tapping the target. As it’s connected directly to your onboard AIS, there’s no target lag or reliance on an internet based AIS system – targets are updated in real time without the need for internet access.
As an additional feature, users can also enter their MMSI into the app and relay their boat position to an internet server which will then allow a display on popular web internet services like Marine Traffic even if there are no base stations within range. This function relies on cellular connectivity on the iPhone or iPad.
Both TCP/IP and UDP connection modes are supported allowing connection to multiple devices via UDP if required. Charts can be panned and zoomed and once downloaded are stored in the app so no internet connectivity is required. Users can choose between a north up or course up (default) presentation too.
To get iAIS, simply visit the app store on your iPhone or iPad and search for iAIS and then purchase the in app add on. Price is £10/$14/€12