New AIS Products From Raymarine
Raymarine has announced the launch of its new AIS650 Class B AIS Transceiver, and the AIS350 AIS Receiver. Engineered for seamless integration with Raymarine multifunction navigation systems, the AIS650 and AIS350 products bring a new level of situational awareness and safety to sailing, cruising and fishing boats.
Operating in the VHF maritime band, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) enables the wireless exchange of navigation status between vessels and shore-side traffic monitoring centres.
Commercial ships, ocean-going vessels and recreational boats equipped with AIS transceivers broadcast AIS messages that include the vessel’s name, course, speed and current navigation status. When interfaced to a compatible chartplotter or radar display, boaters immediately benefit from being able to see the surrounding vessel traffic plotted and updated automatically on their multifunction display screens.
The new AIS650 is a Class B transceiver unit, meaning it allows full participation in the AIS network by receiving data from other vessels as well as transmitting data about its own navigational status to other AIS-equipped vessels. This “see and be seen” capability significantly improves navigational safety by making the boat visible on the chart and radar displays of much larger vessels. Captains of large vessels are presented with a comprehensive picture of the AIS-equipped vessel traffic around them on their chart and radar screens.
This capability eases the workload of the person navigating the boat by automatically highlighting targets on potential collision courses, and providing easy access to data including the vessel’s name, radio call sign, and navigation status. This is particularly valuable to boaters who regularly travel through crowded waterways or boats in areas near major shipping routes.
A key feature of the AIS650 is the user selectable “Silent Mode” which allows the captain to temporarily suspend broadcast of identifying information on occasions where either privacy or security is required. Silent Mode can be controlled directly from the Raymarine chartplotter or from an optional externally mounted toggle switch which can be mounted anywhere on the vessel. The AIS650 also features a built-in Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader. When the SD card is inserted into the AIS650, the unit is automatically configured so the SD card reader becomes an AIS data recorder. This can be used to capture all transmitted and received messages for general system monitoring, accident reconstruction or incident investigation. Data record time is dependent on the size of the SD card (users can purchase their own SD cards with maximum 2GB capacity) and the amount of AIS traffic. All AIS650s include a 50-channel GPS receiver with built-in integrity management software ensures the GPS positions reported by the AIS650 are of the highest accuracy possible.
The AIS350 is a receive-only product designed for small boats wanting the increased situational awareness benefit of AIS, but without the need for Class B transmitting capability. This low-cost alternative brings many of the safety advantages of AIS to a wider range of vessels than ever before. AIS350 features a new dual-channel receiver designed for fast acquisition and download of AIS traffic data.
Both new Raymarine AIS products are built on a new ultra-compact chassis that is at least 50% smaller than previous generation AIS products. They also both feature multiple data interfaces including NMEA0183, SeaTalkng and USB (universal serial bus) for easy integration with PC-based navigation solutions. Both AIS products also support the NMEA2000 interface standard making them compatible with a wide array of third-party navigation products too. The AIS650 and AIS350 both require either a dedicated AIS antenna or the installation of a splitter to utilise existing VHF aerials on board. Available now, the RRP for the AIS650 is £695 / €799 excluding taxes and the RRP for the AIS350, available later this year, is £349 / €399 excluding taxes.
Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors.
The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Headquartered in Portsmouth UK, Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine please go to www.raymarine.com.
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