Raymarine extends its Automatic Identification System capabilities

New AIS500 transceiver and AIS ‘buddy tracking' feature

Raymarine's addition to its AIS (Automatic Identification System) product range, a combined receiver and transmitter, is now available. The AIS500 allows users to both transmit to, and receive, AIS data to and from vessels in the area, as well as to shore-based traffic centres. The AIS500's features include a dedicated GPS sensor to ensure highly accurate position data is broadcast.

The AIS500 is designed to network with Raymarine's multifunction systems using Raymarine's new SeaTalkng technology. It has dual channel (multiplex) monitoring ability, enabling it to pick up both Class A and Class B transmissions over standard VHF frequencies. Operating with Raymarine's A Series, C Series, E Series and G series – as well as being compatible with other manufacturers' equipment through its NMEA 0183 interface – the AIS500 enables users to see the movements, size, vessel ID details and even the cargo carried onboard. This data is displayed as an overlay on a chartplotter or radar screen.

Designed for recreational boaters, the AIS500 gives added security and situational awareness, enabling them to see details of vessels in their area, as well as transmitting their information to other AIS equipped vessels. In many instances, understanding the size and movements of other ships and boats in the area can help users avoid dangerous situations or potential collisions.

Easy to install and configure, the new AIS500 with receive and transmit capability comes complete with VHF splitter enabling it to share a single antenna with both radio and AIS. The RRP is $2461.25 and the AIS500 is available through Raymarine's network of service dealers and retail centres.

Key AIS 500 features include;
• Improved collision avoidance by broadcasting vessel ID and location
• Easy integration with built in GPS, VHF splitter and NMEA multiplexer
• A 16 channel dedicated GPS with external antenna included
• Simple interfacing with Raymarine systems using SeaTalkng or NMEA 0183
• Dual channel AIS monitoring to monitor Class A and Class B transmissions over standard VHF frequencies.

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Raymarine is also expanding the AIS features available on its equipment by introducing AIS Buddy Tracking; when integrated with Raymarine multifunction displays, AIS Buddy Tracking allows boaters to distinguish known targets from others by using unique on-screen icons and names, as well as a ‘buddy list' of favourite vessels. AIS Buddy Tracking is now available on Raymarine G Series and C Series Widescreen and will be available shortly for E Series systems via a software update.

To learn more about Raymarine's AIS500 and other AIS products please call 02 9479 4800 or visit www.raymarine.com.au.

For sales enquiries contact Raymarine Asia Pty Ltd on +61 (0)2 9479 4800.

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