The Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a system of transponders installed on vessels which transmit over two dedicated digital marine VHF channels. An AIS transponder sends AIS signals, making your vessel visible to others with AIS equipment. It also receives AIS signals from AIS equipped vessels, Aids to Navigation and portable man overboard devices.
Unlike an ordinary AIS which only sends and receives data, smartAIS from Vesper Marine is an active AIS system with smart alarm logic that proactively alerts you when you have potential collision situations, it plots your anchor position and alerts you if your anchor drags, it continuously watches for a man overboard and triggers an alarm for quick action.
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Nearly all commercial ships are mandated to carry AIS transponders and each year more sail, power and work boats are fitting AIS equipment.The AIS data is sent from each vessel every few seconds and contains position and movement information such as course, speed, latitude, longitude, and heading. Static information about the vessel is sent every few minutes and includes the name, type of vessel, length, beam, draft, etc. By transmitting and receiving AIS signals, your safety is enhanced day and night, when offshore or in busy marine traffic areas or in bad weather when visibility is reduced.
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smartAIS puts you in control of every situation, furnishing you with navigation sensor data, GPS and AIS information. Its intelligent alarm management prioritizes alarms for most critical action. Its low power consumption keeps it always on, always visible, always watching. smartAIS transmits all information over WiFi to your PC, or your mobile device for access anywhere on your vessel. Using the WatchMate smartAIS app, you can monitor information and control your vessel navigation, manage alarms and much more, right from your mobile device.
The smartAIS Advantage
Continuously determine crossing situations, receive collision alarms with full vessel information for critical action.
Safety at Anchor
Sleep soundly, knowing you’ll be alerted if your anchor is dragging.
Safety for your crew
Be alerted when your crew activate an AIS MOB device and see their current location for easy retrieval.
Scalable AIS platform updated with the latest transponder features automatically from your mobile
Integrates to your navigation network
Monitors your navigation sensors, GPS & AIS data
Low power consumption
Always on, always visible, always watching
WiFi access anywhere on-board
Higher resolution GPS
Fast 5Hz 50 channel GPS receiver
Smart alert logic
Determines risk situations
WatchMate smartAIS APP
Monitor your vessel, customize alarms, control Anchor Watch and much more
Smart alarm Management
Dedicated alarms with prioritization
Your smartAIS range
Color touchscreen, fully standalone
Get the smartAIS advantage of Safety Underway, Safety at Anchor and Safety for your Crew with a fully standalone smartAIS transponder, WatchMate Vision.
Winner of the NMMA Innovation Award, the WatchMate Vision has a large 5.7” bright color touchscreen with an intuitive interface for easy operation of all transponder functions.
Dedicated Alarms and WiFi
This full-featured smartAIS transponder from Vesper Marine has all the smartAIS functions of Collision Prevention, Anchor Watch and Man Overboard (MOB) Alarms actively keeping your vessel and crew safe.
You can use it with any tablet, smartphone, PC or Mac over WiFi or USB, but it is continuously watching and will alert you even when your screen is off.
This is a fantastic piece of kit. The menus are simple and easy to use, even while in a heavy seaway, it’s incredibly smart about conserving power, and best of all it has the smartest alarms I’ve ever seen on an AIS device.
Daniel Collins, Georgia, USA
The WatchMate Vision is a truly magnificent instrument with intelligent in-built software. One may compare its features to some sort of ‘ABS for a car’. Nothing less! It proved to be a true ‘anti-collision’ device. I consider myself a happy owner and for the record, I have never given such feedback to anyone yet.
Arie Vermeiden, France