B&G has released a fully integrated, Class-B Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder – the B&G NAIS 500. They say the NAIS 500 — which includes a dedicated GPS-500 receiver — is compact in size, lightweight and fully waterproof. It offers low power draw and features multiple connections for networking with any Zeus3 series multifunction display.
Compatible with NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, NMEA 0183 multiplexing and USB, the NAIS 500 is said to be simple to install in any configuration. The transponder meets IPX7 standards, weighs less than 250 grams and features a low average power consumption of 180 mA at 12 VDC.
“Identifying ships that are heading towards you is almost as important as knowing where you are and is vital to safe passage,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “With current regulations, most commercial ships are required to have AIS onboard. The NAIS 500 works with B&G multifunction displays to provide sailors with the peace of mind that, regardless of the sea conditions, they will be visible to any traffic in the area.”
Pairing the NSPL-500 VHF Splitter Box with the NAIS-500 enables the capability to use a single VHF antenna for the NAIS-500 and a VHF fixed-mount radio.