Digital Yacht have launched an interesting hybrid product. Combining Class B AIS transponder with built in antenna splitter and WiFi interface to support Apple and Android tablets and phones.
Class B AIS transponders have made a big impact on small craft navigation, but many potential users or installers are put off by the requirement for yet another VHF antenna.
The new AIT3000 “Nucleus” from Digital Yacht changes that perception as it incorporates not only a full function Class B AIS transponder but also an antenna splitter allowing the main VHF antenna on the boat to be shared with the AIS and VHF.
Digital Yacht have coined the name Nucleus because it can also become a hub for on board navigation.
It has been designed with an interesting number of interfacing capabilities including :
- ZeroLossTM technology for the antenna sharing
- NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000
- USB port
- WiFi server so that NMEA data from other on board systems can also be multiplexed by the Nucleus and combined on the WiFi link
- Apple IOS and Android support.
- FM Stereo output
The NMEA interface allows connection to any AIS compatible chart plotter and USB is available for MAC or PC user as well as allowing programming of the unit with your boat details.
Other features include a silence switch option allowing the unit’s transmissions to be stopped while continuing to receive AIS transmissions.