Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today its deckWatch smartwatch app has been nominated for the prestigious DAME Design Award in the Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category. The winners will be announced at the upcoming METSTRADE, on November 14th-16th, in Amsterdam.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase deckWatch and our smartAIS technology at METSTRADE this year,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “To be nominated alongside truly innovative products is an honor. We look forward to the final results.”
The new app sends safety data and alerts to a smartwatch directly over WiFi from Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders without the need of a phone or tablet to relay the information. Users can view AIS targets on a smartwatch with a graphical depiction of bearing, range, Closest Point of Approach (CPA) and Time to Closest Point of APproach (TCPA) from the perspective of the boat. Targets are prioritized in order of collision risk. If a collision alarm is triggered, users can see the alarm on their smartwatch allowing them to immediately change course or contact the other vessel.
With Anchor Watch, users simply tap their smartwatch to mark the precise location when the anchor is dropped, as well as monitor if the anchor is dragging. If the boat drifts outside the selected swinging radius, the smartAIS transponder sounds an alarm and users can check the bearing and range of the boat from the marked anchor position on deckWatch to take necessary action.
In man overboard situations, Vesper Marine smartAIS offers users a unique and potentially lifesaving feature. The powerful and versatile system works seamlessly with any brand of man overboard device and, when a MOB situation is encountered, it triggers a dedicated audible alarm. The user can simultaneously view the alert on their smartwatch with continuously updated bearing and range to the person in the water. In addition to alarms, NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 information such as depth, speed, wind speed, position and more are available for at-a-glance accessibility, anywhere on the boat.
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