PilotLINK is a wireless interface for Class A AIS systems. All Class A transponders share a common “Pilot Plug” connector that Pilot-LINK connects directly to via a 1m cable. PilotLINK then creates a wifi navigation network on board the vessel which allows AIS and GPS data from the Class A to be sent directly to any connected mobile devices such as phones or tablets. It’s compatible with iOS and Android systems (depending upon app utilised) as well as PC & MAC based systems.
PilotLINK is stand alone and can operate from its internal, user replaceable, dry battery (PP3) for up to 15 hours. Alternatively, it can connect via a standard mini USB connector to any USB style power pack or AC/DC USB power adaptor that are readily available from many 3rd parties.
PilotLINK is compatible with a wide variety of apps and PC programs. iAIS is a free of charge app from Digital DeepSea which gives a basic AIS radar type display and target information. It’s also compatible with iSailor and iNavX – both popular charting/ AIS products and many other 3rd party apps available through the Apple App store or Google Play on Android.
PilotLINK can also interface with a PC or MAC. Popular navigation programs such as SmarterTrack, SeaPro, RosePoint and MaxSea for PCs or macENC for a Mac are all compatible. PilotLINK ships with a complimentary copy of SmarterTrack Lite – a full featured AIS display program for Windows PCs.
Wireless Interface for Class A AIS Transponders
Reads GPS and AIS data directly from the transponders Pilot Plug
Supports bi-directional communication for configuring the transponder
Uses standard NMEA data for maximum compatibility with soft- ware applications
Free iAIS App for iPhone, iTouch or iPad
Complimentary copy of SmarterTrack Lite for PCs
Creates a wireless access point with a typical range of 30m
Transmits data via TCP/UDP link
TCP allows single device connection while UDP allows multiple devices to receive the data
Fully compatible with many popular Apps and software programs
Rugged handheld design can be fitted with optional rubber jacket
Powered from internal 9v PP3 battery or optional external USB power source