Digital Yacht iAIS Wireless AIS Receiver
Digital Yacht's iAIS is a new, low cost navigation device for use with Apple's popular range of mobile products. It wirelessly links a boat's navigation data to the Apple iPhone, iPad or iTouch. It also incorporates a highly sophisticated, dual channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver allowing compatible “apps” access to NMEA instrument, GPS and AIS data.
iAIS, helps boaters identify other vessels that are equipped with an AIS transponder. It communicates with the Apple devices via a WiFi interface. iPad and iPhone users simply turn on their device to wirelessly connect to the iAIS hot spot. No connection to the internet is needed and there are no cables to connect. The AIS data then becomes available for any compatible application. This information is essential in alerting boaters to others in close proximity and can help calculate if paths are likely to cross and how soon. AIS is an essential piece of equipment that is proving to be key in collision avoidance.
iAIS also multiplexes any other NMEA data that is available on board the boat - for instance GPS, depth, speed, wind etc. All of this information is combined with the AIS data into the wireless feed. Some users have complained that the GPS devices incorporated into the iPhone and iPad suffer from jitter or poor lock-on, but by using your onboard GPS or even hand held marine GPS you will get substantially improved GPS readings on any compatible application. iAIS just requires a connection to a standard VHF antenna.
The most popular application for the iPhone and iPad, which can support a real time GPS overlay and AIS, is the iNavX app (http://www.inavx.com/). Compatible with Navionic’s charts, iNavX provides a complete set of navigation functions that turns your portable Apple device in to a fully functional electronic chart plotter. Digital Yacht will also produce a free-of-charge, simple, AIS overlay app, which is available now from the Apple store(http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iais/id394667307?mt=8).
iAIS is also compatible with any PC or other application (Android, Windows Mobile etc) that can accept wireless (TCP/IP) data for navigation information.
- Wirelessly links a boat's navigation data to the Apple iPhone, iPad or iTouch
- Highly sophisticated, dual channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver
- Communicates with the Apple devices via a WiFi interface
- iAIS multiplexes any other NMEA data that is available on board the boat: GPS, depth, speed, wind etc