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The increasing adoption of the open source Signal K by mobile device programmers means that there is a need for devices that convert the marine data standard (NMEA 2000) to Ethernet and Wifi Signal K.
Digital Yacht make Signal K converters, NMEA-Wifi Adaptors, and the devices that keep it all together.
NMEA Wifi Adaptors
WLN10 and WLN10HS
Create a wifi network on your boat with NMEA data available for iPhones, iPad or Android devices — and PCs and MACs too. Turn your mobile device into a full-featured navigator with access to all your boat’s AIS data — the WLN10 is set to receive NMEA 0183 data at 4,800 baud, while the WLN10HS is preset to 38400 baud for AIS information.
This innovative and cost effective wireless device creates its own 802.11b+g wireless access point which any other wireless device can connect to, such as a Smart Phone, Netbook or Laptop. Connect it to any device or system that has an NMEA 0183 output and it will automatically read the data and transmit it wirelessly to another wireless device.
iKConnect and iKommunicate
iKommunicate is an intelligent gateway device that allows traditional boat navigation systems to be networked and shared. By converting data from the closed industry-standard NMEA networks found on most boats, to Signal K the new open HTML5-based internet-ready data format, a whole new world of social and connected boating is possible.
Modern marine electronic systems talk to each other via the industry standard NMEA0183 and newer NMEA2000 networks. These interfaces are very reliable, well-proven and fit for purpose, but the costs for developers to become NMEA members, buy the specifications and have their software certified, has severely restricted the number of marine applications using NMEA data. With the release of Signal K, a new open data format for boats, all of this is about to change and it is now very easy for developers to read and use NMEA data. iKommunicate is driving this change, as the first NMEA to Signal K gateway product that will connect to NMEA networks and convert all of the data to the new Signal K format.
iKommunicate’s Ethernet connection allows it to be connected to the boat's wired or wireless network so that any mobile device connected to the network can display the Signal K data in its browser or compatible app. Pre-installed in iKommunicate are a couple of web apps (including the popular Instrument Panel) so that you can immediately start displaying NMEA data from your network and it features an 8GB micro SD card that can host any new Signal K web apps as they become available.
iKConnect is the perfect accessory for the iKommunicate Signal K gateway allowing mobile devices to wirelessly receive the Signal K or NMEA data anywhere on the boat. In fact the combination of iKConnect, iKommunicate and a WL70 allows the boat to have a single wireless network that provides both navigational data and internet access, without the hassle of switching wireless networks.
An AIS receiver or transponder requires a VHF antenna, and this usually involves the costly fitting of a separately-purchased specialised antenna. No longer.
Digital Yacht’s new SPL1500 AIS-VHF antenna splitter allows an existing antenna to be used for both AIS and the VHF Radio (DSC). Unlike most simple splitters, it can also be used with a class B transponder system and it incorporates special circuitry to ensure safe operation of the two transmitting devices.
The unit utilises Digital Yacht’s new, patented, ZeroLossTM technology, to ensure the very best possible reception and transmission from all devices. It is also fail safe, so should the unit ever stop working or lose power, it will not affect the main VHF operation.
AIS Receivers and Transponders
AIS comes in two parts: transmitting position and course data to anyone within range and receiving that data and displaying it.
Digital Yachts have a wide range of transmitters (Transponders) and receivers, some with digital interfaces, some with internal GPS functionality to automate the position and course data being transmitted.
Top of the Line AIT3000 Class B Transponder
The Digital Yacht AIT3000 is a class B AIS transponder with a built-in VHF antenna splitter. No need to buy a separate device. It has been designed with the latest interfacing capabilities including NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, USB and a WiFi server to allow tablets, smartphones and PCs to connect.
The transponder is the first to include the patented ZeroLoss technology for the antenna sharing and a wireless interface for iPad connectivity. More and more boat owners are utilising an iPad or tablet as either a primary navigation display or as a touch screen repeater for their existing navigation system. Digital Yacht also offer a free AIS viewing app called iAIS as well as more sophisticated charting apps like NavLink. If you’re an Android user, AISView is also compatible. The NMEA interface allows connection to any AIS compatible chart plotter.
GPS and GLONASS Positioning Sensor Antenna
GLONASS is a Russian-funded 24-satellite positioning system, very accurate, with 50 channels and it is on line now.
Europe's Galilieo system comes on line in 2018. Why is this interesting? Digital Yacht's GPS150 can see them all.
GLONASS is heavily used by smartphones, and in combination with GPS, can offer positioning accurate to a couple of metres. GLONASS is particularly effective in high latitudes where GPS coverage is less effective.
The Digital Yacht GPS150 sensor will automatically switch between the systems or the user can manually select the most appropriate for their activity. In DualNav mode, a sophisticated algorithm combines GPS and GLONASS data to offer sub 1m accuracy.
The GPS150 comes in NMEA-compatible output and USB-port output (pictured) versions.