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Black Box AIS WiFi Transponder

by Bruce Hedrick

As the Seattle Boat Show approaches fast, it’s time to look at some new products. In case you were wondering where technology is headed, you should look at this black box.

Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, has just announced that its black box AIS XB-8000 WiFi Transponder is now shipping in North America.

Enabling WiFi access to critical AIS safety information from any device with chartplotting software, the new compact Vesper Marine AIS XB-8000 black box device offers boaters a display-less Class B AIS transponder with complete wireless interaction. The feature-packed system can be accessed and controlled remotely, anywhere on a boat, via a variety of WiFi 802.11g/b enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops, or through integration with other marine electronics. It is compatible with apps such as iNavX marine navigation for the Apple iPad allowing users to remotely access AIS information on other applications. The system also features a free downloadable App for the iPhone and iPad, which can be used to configure, monitor and interact with the XB-8000. The App also serves as a remote control allowing the user to enable or disable features such as the silent mode. The XB-8000 silent mode feature can also be controlled via USB or an easily wired switch. In addition, the Vesper Marine XB-8000 offers NMEA 2000 support to integrate AIS data with other NMEA 2000-compatible equipment, is NMEA 0183 compatible, and features waterproof USB connectivity.vesper_marine_xb-8000_web

The XB-8000’s compact design minimizes the space required for installation and service. All cable connections are made within the footprint of the XB-8000, eliminating the extra space around the device for protruding cable ends that is required for other ‘black box’ devices, and ensuring a clean, orderly installation. The XB-8000 is delivered complete including a high sensitivity externally mounted GPS antenna with 30’ of cable specially designed for easier routing through small holes and tiny spaces. The highly sophisticated, Vesper Marine XB-8000 enhances the flexibility, interactivity and convenience of accessing relevant, critical AIS safety information on the water.

Harnessing the power of Vesper Marine’s sophisticated WatchMate technology; the
AIS XB-8000 incorporates a 50-channel GPS receiver and two-channel AIS receiver with high sensitivity for excellent range and timely, accurate information. The XB-8000 incorporates Vesper Marine’s new multiprocessor architecture for fast performance ensuring reliable AIS data and instant data acquisition. The system transmits a boat’s name, size, position, speed and course over AIS channels, while simultaneously providing the timely and easy-to-process information boaters need to interpret potential hazards and react accordingly. All Vesper Marine AIS devices receive AIS Class A and Class B vessel position; voyage data; navigation aids; AIS safety messages; and are fully compatible with AIS SART and MOB devices. In addition, they support meteorological and hydrographical information (where available). The AIS XB-8000 WiFi Transponder has an operating temperature range of -13 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, is waterproof to the IPx7 standard and is protected by a one-year limited warranty.

Vesper Marine AIS products are available from the Miller and Miller Boatyard Company in Seattle(206-285-5958 or www.mmboatyard.com) and rumor has it that they will debut these at the 2014 Seattle International Boat Show. To learn more about Vesper Marine and its entire product line, please visit www.vespermarine.com

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