By far the biggest news this month, is that the hugely popular Navionics Boating App now supports live AIS data over Wi-Fi. This means, that any of Digital Yacht’s wireless AIS units will now provide live AIS data for the app to overlay on the Navionics charts. For boat owners that already have an AIS receiver or transponder that does not have its own Wi-Fi (regardless of brand or model), you can also overlay your AIS data on the app, by simply adding one of Digital Yacht’s wireless NMEA servers.
Ever since we launched our iAIS product, the world’s first wireless AIS, the most asked question we get is; “Will I be able to get AIS data on my Navionics App?”. For years, we have been saying “No, I am afraid you will need a different app”, but now the answer is a big resounding “YES”.
With so many boats now fitted with AIS and the Navionics App being the most popular marine navigation app in the world, this new feature will have a major impact on how people sail, providing this safety critical AIS data direct to your smart phone or tablet.
This new AIS feature, along with a number of other important enhancements to the app, was launched just last week and is available for both Apple iOS devices and Android devices. Existing users of the Navionics Boating App will get the update automatically.
Digital Yacht’s iAIS receiver and their AIT3000, AIT5000 and Nomad transponders are all compatible with the Navionics Boating App, while our WLN10SM, WLN30 and PilotLink wireless NMEA 0183 servers can be used with any existing AIS receiver or transponder to send the necessary wireless AIS data to the app.
For NMEA 2000 AIS systems, Digital Yacht’s new NavLink2 is the product to go which will convert all of the NMEA 2000 AIS and GPS data in to the necessary format that the Navionics App requires.
For more information on this exciting new feature, please click here for the Navionics press release.