Articles: AIS

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Garmin Glo Portable GPS and GLONASS Receiver

Recently we were looking at an AIS App developed by Pocket Mariner Inc. called Boat Beacon. This App provides AIS on any iProduct with iOS 6.1 or later and most Android smartphones and tablets. This led us to a product called Garmin Glo which enables GPS on iPod and WiFi only tablets via Bluetooth. The Garmin GLO Portable GPS and GLONASS Receiver locks on to satellites approximately 20% faster and remains connected even at high speeds.

Boat Watch Pro and Boat Beacon

Today I am going to look at two very cool Apps. If you don’t have your AIS up and running or perhaps, you don’t have AIS on board, there is a new app that allows you to point your iPhone camera at a boat and...

Three Good Reasons To Get An MMSI Number For Your Vessel

What is an MMSI number and why should I have one for my boat? If you purchased a VHF radio in the past couple of years, it is probably equipped with DSC (Digital Selective Calling). In order to use this function, you must have an MMSI or Maritime Mobile Service Identity number. This nine digit number, assigned free of charge by Industry Canada, identifies your vessel and allows you to send a distress alert to Coast Guard or communicate with other vessels.

Navionics Releases an In-App Module for iPhone and iPad HD Apps

Do you already have the Navionics HD App for iPad and iPhone? It is amazing how useful it already is with all the features including vector charts, wind and tides, magazines and cruising guides, social media integration, the list goes on. But now the app has gotten even better - to upgrade you simply have to purchase the In-App Nav Module.

Ocean Crossing Equipment: added safety for long-distance trips

Anyone considering a long-distance trip, be it offshore or to remote areas, should certainly be thinking carefully about safety. While the costs of high quality equipment can be intimidating, the following devices can help keep you out of danger.

How AIS improves your safety at sea

AIS is a fully automated tracking system used to identify and track other vessels visually, as a method of collision avoidance. Passenger ships, such as ferries, tugboats and most large commercial vessels, have an AIS Class A transceiver (12 watts), to send and receive AIS information on VHF frequencies.

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