Vesper AIS now available on Navionics apps
AIS information from Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders is now available on Navionics apps for Android and IOS devices.
“This is great news for boaties, especially those cruising in busy and congested waterways,” says Silke Sigley, from Vesper Marine New Zealand distributor Lusty & Blundell.
“Boaties can now view Class A and Class B vessels and Aids to Navigation information directly on the Navionics App’s nautical maps. They can simply select any nearby vessel and instantly get details such as its name, MMSI, call sign, status, speed, heading, coordinates and distance from their own vessel.”
To access the AIS information, Navionics subscribers just need to ensure they have downloaded the latest version of the Boating Marine and Lakes app (for Apple devices) or Boating HD Marine and Lakes app (for Android) and then link it to the WiFi of the Vesper Marine transponder.
Navionics charts include map, satellite and terrain overlays and can be used to study port plans and safety depth contours, identify tides and currents, locate navigation aids and nearby marine services. AIS overlay and over 2000 daily updates from around the world are included in the subscription.
Navionics also has in-app enhancements like AutoRouting, which creates a suggested route based on chart data and navigation aids, and Advanced Map Options, which includes changing overlay, marking shallow areas, fishing hotspots and more. Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders include WatchMate Vision2, a fully standalone touchscreen transponder and black box transponder XB-8000.
The Navionics apps are free to download but users must purchase or renew annual chart subscriptions for their regions. There is also a trial offer of all charts and features for new subscribers.