Faster coastal WIFI access
With the need for coastal vessels to stay in range of a dependable WiFi connection, Digital Yacht has launched the 4G Connect Pro, a fast LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based internet access solution with a range of up to about 20 nautical miles.
Many commercial onboard systems are now being remotely accessed and monitored via the Internet, and the new 4G Connect Pro also offers that ability via a connection to the Digital Yacht iKommunicate universal interface.
The iKommunicate +iKonnect hub sends NMEA0183 and 2000 over WiFi, and also supports the new and emerging signal K.
Not only does this provide all the normal Internet functions such as email, web browsing and media, it also gives real time remote access to any designated systems. Data from the engines, generators or navigation suite can be remotely viewed in real time, and then logged and analysed to optimise efficiency or aid research.
Priced at £599 ex VAT, the 4G Connect Pro uses two external antennas for optimum range and speed. The system also facilitates older technologies such as 2G and 3G.
EASY SHORESIDE AIS INSTALLATION
Digital Yacht has also just launched the new AISNet + AIS Base Station. This is an AIS receiver dedicated to shoreside installations, such as port offices or fleet headquarters, and provides a network link for services such as Marine Traffic. The package also contains a ‘plug and play’ USB connection for local users, and is bundled with viewing software for Windows.
A key selling point of the new AISNet+ equipment is that it has a built-in ZeroLoss VHF-AIS antenna splitter. This patented device means that there is no need to fit a second antenna to the building, as the kit can plug in to an existing aerial system. As most ports will have such an aerial in place, this greatly simplifies the addition of AIS.
The AISNet+ has a sophisticated receiver that can decode specialist AIS targets such as ATONs and SARTs and can also be used for lone worker safety applications around ports where AIS personal MOB alarms are being used. The system also integrates well with popular coastal surveillance software such as MaxSea/Time Zero, and will overlay chart and radar disolays with AIS data.
The new AISNet+ version with the built in splitter costs £500 ex VAT.
You can see all the above kit and more on display on the Digital Yacht stand, number Q30, at Seawork International 2018.
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