November 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today plans to unveil its 2012 product line at the 2011 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS). From November 15-17, Vesper Marine will showcase its award-winning family of safety-focused marine electronics, as well as offer international dealers and press a sneak peak at the company’s upcoming WatchMate Vision™ Class B transponder and black box AIS XB-8000 WiFi Transponder. Technology demonstrations will be given throughout the show at the Vesper Marine booth #02.230.

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September 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, Vesper Marine Ltd and Astrata Group Inc are pleased to announce the signing of a new partnering agreement to deliver ground-breaking land and sea based fleet tracking solutions for customers who require precise tracking for their vessels, vehicles or people on land or at sea. Astrata’s land based tracking products combined with Vesper Marine’s marine-grade position and collision avoidance products makes this a compelling technology partnership. Behind the technology is a broad depth of customer knowledge and experience in the transportation and oil industries.

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March 2011, Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today that it has added four new partners to its growing international distribution network. The latest additions include Marine Electronics SA in Switzerland, Pochon in France who came on board last December, Electronics Marine in Chile and Al Nakheel Electronics in the United Arab Emirates. Effective immediately, all four partners will distribute Vesper Marine’s entire line of Automatic Identification System (AIS) collision avoidance technology products to an extensive reseller network, and provide marketing and technical support.

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Vesper Marine - Auckland, New Zealand, has released a new French language option for its Automatic Identification System (AIS) collision avoidance product range, WatchMate. Available now for the WatchMate 850 Transponder, 750 Receiver and 670 Display, the complimentary French language upgrade for existing users can be downloaded at www.vespermarine.co.nz/firmware-upgrades on the Support Downloads page. Alternatively, it can be acquired through Vesper Marine’s French distributor Pochon and its network of outlets.

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It’s a press release for a product I am super-enthusiastic about: The Vesper Marine WatchMate 850 Class B AIS transponder.

Let’s face it: There isn’t much to distinguish a lot of the AIS equipment marketed at recreational boaters. It’s mostly just black-box electronics technology. Sure, the packaging and physical enclosure varies from brand to brand, and the price varies, but they’re all pretty much the same inside, and they all do exactly the same thing.

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Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today that it has received FCC Approval for its next-generation, all-in-one, dedicated, collision avoidance display, the AISWatchMate® 850 Class B Transponder.

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Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today it has opened a new European market for the AIS WatchMate® line of products.

French marine distribution company Pochon will distribute Vesper Marine products throughout France via its network of over 450 dealers and outlets. Read on to see the full press release.

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"... I had an opportunity to talk with Vesper Marine’s chief product mastermind Jeff Robbins during the recent NMEA conference in Seattle, and I can truly say that I “get it” now. Vesper Marine IS confident there’s a market for its AIS WatchMate line, and I agree with them. ...

In a nutshell, Vesper’s AIS WatchMate units (both listen-only receivers and Class B transponders) offer features and functions that will be extremely useful to many boaters. But as Jeff Robbins is quick to point out, Vesper faces a real challenge when it comes to communicating the value of those features. So I’m going to help out, if possible..."

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Blue Water Sailing - October 2010 "... Most importantly, chartplotters and PC applications focus on being jacks-of-all-trades, while WatchMate has only one obsession: being the master of AIS systems. For example, it is the only system with alarm profiles. Entering from seaward into a busy harbor, there can be ships everywhere... All sorts of alarms go off while we try to stay in the channel and steer into the anchorage. But with WatchMate, we push a button to change from "offshore" to "harbor" profile and only targets that will come too close in a harbor appear on the screen ...

There is no better system for serious cruisers than Vesper Marine's AIS WatchMate displays ... This is a one-time expense that is far less than wreckage insurance, and will keep protecting you year after year."

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