Safety Electronics Leader Demonstrates Latest AIS Technology at Annual Electronics Industry Gathering.

Auckland, New Zealand Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the success of its on-the water demo event at the 2013 NMEA Convention. Held this year in San Diego, California at the Sheraton Harbor hotel, the annual electronics trade convention brings together leading dealers and industry press, and served as the perfect venue for showcasing Vesper’s cutting-edge AIS solutions. Demonstrations were given on Final Straw – a Mason 54’ sailboat – on September 27th and 28th, and featured an in-depth, hands-on presentation of the company’s WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 products, and included a discussion of the company’s ground-breaking work with its Virtual AIS Beacon and the America’s Cup organization. A dozen dealers and writers from 10 boating publications took part in the event.

“We’re extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to host such a wonderful cast of industry-leading dealers and media for our on-the-water demos at this year’s NMEA convention,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Our relationship with NMEA, its member dealers and supporting press has been a tremendous value to Vesper Marine, helping us to strengthen our dealer network and customer support in the United States. We support NMEA standards and benefit from them.”

Winner of the 2012 NMMA Innovation Award, the WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder offers the best in collision avoidance systems while also providing new ways to view AIS on mobile devices. WatchMate Vision is a clever, dedicated safety instrument for any leisure or workboat skipper who want to make accurate safety decisions using integrated AIS, GPS and NMEA 2000® information. The WatchMate Vision Class B AIS transponder brings a new dimension to AIS information by the intuitive method it eliminates unwanted alarms and removes clutter from the display. Vision shows and prioritizes only the targets that have a current collision risk while allowing the user to customize the powerful features to their current situation.

Vesper’s XB-8000 AIS Transponder is an all-in-one WiFi, NMEA 2000 and 0183, USB, and GPS receiver solution. Shipped complete with a powerful external GPS antenna, the XB-8000 is a perfect solution for any boater who needs a low-power, low-profile, full-featured compact Class B AIS transponder. The XB-8000 is also the perfect device for boat builders who what to ‘future proof’ their models with AIS and WiFi technology. The device is a unique Class B AIS transponder with WiFi allowing AIS information to be viewed on mobile devices and other WiFi enabled products from anywhere on your boat. Mounting the XB-8000 is made easy with innovative cable connection points that create low profile installations.

Vesper’s Virtual AIS Beacon was used by Americas Cup organizers to address safety concerns during the incredibly exciting race. Course boundaries are broadcast by the Virtual AIS Beacon allowing on-the-water spectators and general marine traffic operating in the busy waterway to quickly and easily see their own positions relative to the race on their navigation displays, helping to ensure they are safely outside the course at all times.

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