The AIS Engine unit can receive ships on either the A or B AIS channels. In default setting it alternates between the two channels.The AIS Engine can also be used with plotters such as Raymarine C and E series or other PC software that has an AIS facility. Check compatibility with your software supplier. An NMEA input at 38,400 baud is required to accept the VDM AIS strings corresponding to ITU-1371. If Your PC does not have a spare 9 pin serial port a low cost serial to USB converter is available as an optional extra.
The AIS Engine requires a computer and software (supplied) along with 12 volt power, a marine VHF antenna and a GPS input to function.
- All available AIS messages relayed
- VDM encapsulation string conforming to ITU-1371
- NMEA RMC from GPS
Various receiver parameters are factory preset but can be altered from the PC if software is available.
PC AIS Radar Software CD
Use with the AIS Engine to show AIS vessels on a radar like screen on your PC. The PC AIS software in conjunction with the AIS Engine provides all the benefits of the popular AIS radar.
Up to 30 vessels are continuously plotted on the screen in either absolute or relative mode. Any target can be selected and the relevant AIS data displayed.
- North and Head up
- Vessels are coloured to show their status
- User position can be set manually from GPS
- Ranges 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 Nautical miles
- Variable screen update
- Range alarm
- Windows 98 to 7 compatible
Software on Board version MAX introduces the latest electronic charting capabilities from C-Map MAX Charts: Perspective Views, Animated Navigation Lights, more Tidal Stations, real time Current display and embedded photographs are included to assist the navigator. SOB is on a free 6 months trial basis and is recommended for windows 2000 or XP.