With over 1.5m Android devices activated daily, it’s the world’s leading mobile platform but, up until now, supported remarkably few marine navigation apps. Digital Yacht have just changed that with the introduction of AISView – an AIS app for Android tablets and phones.
AISView is designed to wirelessly connect into your boat’s AIS system via any of Digital Yacht’s NMEA to Wifi devices like the WLN10 or iAIS. Alternatively, you can also connect using Digital Yacht’s USB-NMEA adaptor which can link to a tablet’s USB port via a suitable adaptor but you’ll have a cable attached to the tablet. Even if you have a full featured AIS display on your main plotter, having an extra display on a tablet is useful as a repeater or 2nd display. It can also be used for anti collision alarms with CPA and TCPA calculations.
Once installed, you’ll see an overlay of AIS target information onto a background Google map. Tap on a target and you’ll get a drop down list with identity, heading and closest point of approach (CPA) information. A heading vector makes it easy to see potential collision course targets. Google maps can now be cached if you don’t have an internet connection but even if this feature isn’t used, AISView will present an attractive radar like visualisation with range rings overlaying the targets around your vessel.
AISView also supports a simple bearing and distance ruler, compass heading display and current position and track history from the device’s built in GPS. Alarms can be configured for closest point of approach and AIS SARTs – useful for MOB applications. If you have a live internet connection, you can also supplement the real time overlay with AIS information obtained from the popular BoatBeacon internet AIS app (if this is installed) allowing you to view AIS targets in remote ports or locations.
The situation awareness picture above perhaps best shows off AISViews capabilities – change the beautiful sunny weather in the Fort Lauderdale location to a foggy or poor visibility day and you can see the benefits of AIS.
“AIT3000 is a class B AIS transponder with a built-in VHF splitter and with the latest interfacing capability including NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, USB and a WiFi server.”
“Nomad is the first portable AIS navigation solution from Digital Yacht. It is a class B AIS transponder with a wireless and USB interface built in for tablets and PCs”
“Award winning AIS receiver with wireless interface. Connect to your plotter, PC and mobile device through a wireless interface. Turns your iPhone or iPad into a full function AIS display and now also compatible with apps for Android too.”