Navionics announced this week that AIS from Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders is now available on their app for Android and IOS devices. The latest version of Boating Marine & Lakes for Apple® devices and Boating HD Marine & Lakes for Android™ devices can be updated by all active subscribers. Read announcement
With this feature, the World’s No 1 charting app enables boaters to view Class A and Class B vessels and Aids to Navigation (AtoN) directly on the App’s nautical charts for enhanced situational awareness. Especially useful during low visibility and in heavy traffic areas, users can select any target to see vessel details such as name, MMSI, call sign, status, speed, heading, coordinates, distance from their GPS location.
Jeremy Singleton, Sales Director Vesper Marine says, “Being the most popular navigation app, we are delighted that Navionics have added this new feature to receive AIS and GPS data from Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders. One simply needs to connect the App to the WiFi of the Vesper Marine transponder and targets are visible on charts in real-time.”
The Navionics app is free, but boaters must purchase or renew annual chart subscriptions for their regions. There’s a trial offer of all charts and features for new subscribers.
The charts have a map, satellite, and terrain overlays included. Used extensively to study port plans and safety depth contours, identify tides and currents, locate navigation aids and nearby marine services, AIS overlay, and daily updates are included in the subscription. Daily updates have over 2000 updates from around the world and are updated instantly.
Navionics also has in-app enhancements like AutoRouting and Advanced Map Options. Autorouting creates a suggested route based on chart data and navigation aids, Advanced Map Options include changing overlay, marking shallow areas, fishing hotspots, and more.
Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders include WatchMate Vision2, a fully standalone touchscreen transponder, and the XB-8000, a black box transponder, marketed in over 30 countries around the world.